Why the lack of MLS players on USMNT?
Next week's U.S.-Mexico match in Mexico City will provide U.S. Soccer with more than just a nice payday from the tilt at Azteca Stadium. Yanks coach Jurgen Klinsmann has a chance to look at some new faces, specifically some faces from MLS.
The Americans' roster is expected to be more populated with MLS players than any Klinsmann-era game except for this year's January camp cappers against Venezuela and Panama, which traditionally are MLS-heavy affairs. At Azteca, U.S. fans can expect to see several MLS players get a taste of the CONCACAF's biggest rivalry.
A few we'd like to see get on the field: D.C. United's Chris Pontius, Sporting KC's Graham Zusi and Chance Myers, and red-hot strikers Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) and Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders).
But the Mexico game will be bucking a trend: Players from MLS don't get as much run with the U.S. team as they used to.
The roster numbers from Klinsmann's first year bear that trend out. Klinsmann has called 22 MLS players into camps from the day he took the job in July 2011. But of those, only 10 saw action in games where the U.S. coach had the majority of his first-choice starters available.
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