Klinsmann names 22-man roster for U.S. vs. Mexico


Klinsmann names 22-man roster for U.S. vs. Mexico

With the 64th installment of the USA-Mexico rivalry approaching, U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann settled on his 22-man roster on Sunday.

Thirteen MLS players, along with five from Liga MX, two from Europe, one from the NASL and one from the college ranks, account for Klinsmann's predominantly North America-based selection, largely due to the match falling outside of a traditional FIFA international date.

The U.S. will be without the services of captain Clint Dempsey, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, and forward Jozy Altidore, who will serve his one-match suspension following a red card he received in the 1-1 draw against Switzerland on March 31 in Zurich.

Despite having to draw from a narrow player pool, the U.S. delegation, which continues preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in July, includes nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that helped the team advance out of the "Group of Death." 

Meanwhile, Mexico's Miguel Herrera named a 19-man roster with all players based in Liga MX. Though El Tri are on the back of two 1-0 wins against Ecuador and Paraguay, they have yet to beat the U.S. since Klinsmann's tenure with the national team began in the summer of 2011.

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U.S. Roster vs. Mexico (Wednesday, April 15 - 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon) 

DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Julian Green (Hamburg), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?


Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.

OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet. 

From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.

Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.

Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon


Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon

As far as notorious players in MLS with a history of scoring big goals, Alan Gordon is one of the first names on that list.

The Fire signed the 36-year-old forward on Friday, continuing to add depth to a roster that appeared paper thin throughout the preseason. Gordon, who had been on trial with the Fire for part of the preseason and even after the season opener, signed a one-year deal.

Gordon adds plenty of experience from being in the league since 2004 and having scored 55 goals with five different teams. For the past few years he has been used primarily as a substitute, but has still maintained his reputation for scoring goals late in games.

At 6-foot-3 he brings plenty of size and strength to the team and is one of the best players on headers in the league. Last season the Fire failed to score directly off a set piece, which was both due to consistently poor service from corner kicks and a lack of players adept at finishing them off. Gordon should give the Fire a late-game option in that area.

Elliot Collier had impressed the Fire enough to earn a contract as a third-round pick and an international player and even came off the bench in the opening loss to Sporting Kansas City, but it appears the team wanted more experience at forward with Gordon.