Jurgen Klinsmann is getting an honest look at the players available to him from MLS for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil during this friendly against Mexico in Arizona. Klinsmann is choosing to use his first choice center backs, and is giving Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey a run, but otherwise this starting XI is a chance to see some players on the bubble for the World Cup roster.
#USMNT lineup (plain text version): Rimando; Beltran, Gonzalez, Besler, Parkhurst; Beckerman, Zusi, Davis, Bradley; Wondolowski, Dempsey— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) April 3, 2014
Kyle Beckerman is also a likely lock for Brazil, giving Klinsmann a stable skewer through the middle. It's the players on the sides that have something to prove. Graham Zusi is a strong candidate, but Brad Davis has some proving to do. Wondolowski essentially defines the bubble player right now, getting extended looks but failing to have a definitive moment with the spotlight on.
USA bench: Donovan, Edu, Gil, Goodson, Green, Hamid, E. Johnson, S. Johnson, Yedlin
Apparently Mexico are still en route to the stadium, so we'll see how they lineup in a little bit.