On Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014 CONCACAF’s biggest rivalry will take place on the grounds of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. in an international friendly exhibition match. The U.S. Men’s National Team will face their counter parts Mexico. Since the game is not played on a FIFA match day, no clubs are obligated to release players.
“Very disappointed that Puebla FC did not release DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco,” USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said on his Twitter page. “Not in the spirit of this great rivalry!”
With less than 100 days to travel to Brazil to take part in the FIFA World Cup, both national team coaches are looking to view as many players as possible to determine if they will be an option to take to the world’s biggest tournament. Since there are no other scheduled FIFA dates before the world cup, the coaches are at the mercy of their players’ teams if they need the manpower to give a good exhibition.
For the most part the leagues of the teams that are facing off usually release players for the game. It is this that has Klinsmann upset at Puebla FC, team that has two elements that he wishes to see prior to their trip to Brazil 2014. The camoteros are not doing too well in La Liga MX, reason they claim as to why they did not release the players.
“For us, World Cup kind of coming up, (it’s) very important,” Klinsmann said. “And a team that doesn’t play in the CONCACAF Champions League next week, Puebla, which we have a lot of respect for, but they don’t release our two players which are very important players to us — it makes us upset.”
There are two teams that will be playing in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals this week that did not release players for the friendly match. Cruz Azul requested they hold on to goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona, and Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente will retain Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez, elements that have received constant call ups to Klinsmann’s roster.
Puebla Coach Ruben Omar Romano said that neither he, nor the coaching staff, had any influence on the players’ decisions to not attend their national team call up.
“We did not influence them on their decision, we know that they are trying to earn a spot to go to the world cup,” Romano told ESPN Radio Formula. “They decided not to attend the call up. The decision was made before the game against Leon.”
Klinsmann will count on 20 players for the game, 19 coming from the U.S. based MLS and one player who practices his trade for Bayern Munich. For Mexico, Coach Miguel “Piojo” Herrera will field a lineup made up of players from La Liga MX.