PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 10: Forward Landon Donovan #10 of the United States dribbles the ball during a game against Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field on August 10, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The game ended 1-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Landon Donovan joins a group of nine MLS players headed to Mexico City for a friendly against Mexico on Wednesday. This makes him unavailable for the LA Galaxy's match Wednesday in Ohio against the Columbus Crew. Donovan was also on the roster the last time the United States took on Mexico, August 10, 2011 in Philadelphia.
MLS is contributing nine players on a night when three matches playing. With Canada playing a friendly on Wednesday as well, many teams will be trotting out rosters with holes. FC Dallas will be without Brek Shea. San Jose, Real Salt Lake, and Sporting Kansas City are all contributing two players, but won't be in action on Wednesday. Sean Johnson of the Chicago Fire rounds out MLS' contributions.
Six players join the team from Liga MX teams in Mexico, including former Galaxy MVP Hercules Gomez. Gomez scored 19 goals last year in all competitions, and became the first US player to win both an MLS Cup and a Mexican Title as Santos defeated Monterrey in a two legged final.
Landon Donovan is one of four players who will arrive Monday after their Sunday night matches, which should put to bed any rumors that Donovan would be held out of the SuperClasico because of the Wednesday friendly. The rest of the 22 player roster is in Mexico City already.
The full roster is as follows:
DEFENDERS (6): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steven Beithasour (San Jose Earthquakes), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)