GLENDALE, Arizona (Sporting Alert) — The United States and Mexico will continue their preparation for the FIFA World Cup tournament later this summer with an international friendly clash at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Wednesday night.
With several places up from grabs in both traveling rosters for Brazil 2014, both groups of players will be hoping to impress their respective head coaches in search of earning a World Cup place.
The last time USA and Mexico met in a friendly match, the former grabbed an historic victory over their CONCACAF rivals, following a 1-0 win at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on August, 15, 2012.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich forward Julian Green is set to make his debut for USA after being called up by national coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
The youngster who opted to feature for the United States over German is expected to bring something different to the American setup, but Klinsmann has called for patience.
“We don’t want to put any type of pressure on [Julian] or too high of expectations. At the end of the day, he’s a player to be developed,” Klinsmann said.
“Developed mainly in his club from one point to the next, and we are going to help this development. How everything can then proceed is up to him.
“We take his pace, we take his development there and have a very close eye on him.”
Green has been named on the bench, alongside Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson, with Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski leading the attack.
Cruz Azul attacker Marco Fabian is among the starters for Mexico, who are without Manchester United for Javier Hernandez.
Rafael Márquez leads from the back.
USA XI: Rimando, Gonzalez,Besler, Beltran, Parkhurst,Bradley, Davis, Beckerman, Zusi, Dempsey, Wondolowski
Mexico XI: Munoz, Rodríguez, Rafael Márquez,Valenzuela, Layún, Zavala, Brizuela, Peña Rodríguez, Chávez Martínez, Marco Fabian, Pulido