U.S. Roster for Mexico WCQ Announced; Chivas USA’s Kljestan Dropped

Here’s the 20-player squad with World Cup qualifying caps and goals in parenthesis:

Goalkeepers – Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 11/7 SO)

Defenders – Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 21/3), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover: 18/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 2/0), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew: 0/0), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan: 16/1), Jonathan Spector (West Ham: 2/0)

Midfielders – Michael Bradley (Borussia Mnchengladbach: 10/4), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 5/0), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 17/4), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus: 1/0), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo: 0/0), Jos Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 5/0)

Forwards – Jozy Altidore (Villarreal: 8/5), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids: 5/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 15/6), Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux: 2/1), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 30/11)

Notable absentees from the Confederations Cup squad include the likes of DaMarcus Beasley and Sacha Kljestan (paying for a lack of form, one would think). Also absent: Heath Pearce, Danny Califf, Marvell Wynne and Freddy Adu.

Stuart Holden and Riverside’s Chad Marshall are welcome additions after recent good Gold Cup showings.

Nine players in the squad appeared in the 2-0 win over Mexico Feb. 11, including two-goal man Michael Bradley.

“We are excited about the challenge and the opportunity,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley (and if I hear him say a variation on that one more time I’m going to scream). “Our team continually tries to raise the bar, and certainly the chance to win for the first time in Mexico is a welcome opportunity.”

The game kicks off at 1 p.m. on Telemundo and English language cable channel mun2 (which has free previews that day on Dish and DirecTV).

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  • I thought the match was at 1 PM? Can you please clarify… Thanks.

    Nick replies: Correction made. You are right. I was given wrong information.