March 31, 2014
NO LEAVING PUEBLA
Beasley, Orozco refused releases for Mexico game
Chicago - Liga MX team Puebla has refused the request to release U.S. Men's National Team defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco for the match between the USA and Mexico on April 2.
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will not add any replacements, reducing the roster to 20 players available for selection.
"We are very disappointed in the decision by Puebla," said Klinsmann. "When the match was scheduled, it was with the spirit that both teams would have access to their domestic-based players for what is a very important game for those competing for spots in the World Cup. Both MLS and most clubs in Liga MX honored that idea. While we understand their position, it's a huge opportunity lost for DaMarcus and Michael and doesn't contribute to the continuation of this respected rivalry."
The U.S. squad began gathering Sunday in advance of USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz,. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. (11 p.m. ET).