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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb, 2, 2007

U.S. bolsters roster for exhibition game vs. Mexico

CARSON, Calif. -- Midfielders Clint Dempsey and Bobby Convey, defender Carlos Bocanegra and goalkeeper Tim Howard were picked Friday for the 20-man roster for the United States' exhibition game against Mexico next week.

The four all play in England, with Dempsey and Bocanegra at Fulham, Convey at Reading and Howard at Everton. They were all on last year's U.S. World Cup roster.

Forwards Landon Donovan, Taylor Twellman and Eddie Johnson are among the 16 Major League Soccer players on the roster for Wednesday's game at Glendale, Ariz.

"Everyone is looking forward to the chance to finally play in one of the great rivalries in our sport," U.S. interim head coach Bob Bradley said.

At a news conference Friday in Mexico City, forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco said playing the United States won't be a normal exhibition.

"I don't have friendly matches, much less against them," he said. "I try to win on every level. I hate losing."

Blanco, 34, was left off Mexico's World Cup roster last year by then-coach Ricardo Lavolpe. Next week's game will be the first for new Mexico coach Hugo Sanchez.

"I'm happy to be back in the Mexican squad," Blanco said. "It's very important to face the United States. It's a classic, and the rivalry is very strong. It's encouraging to be back, everybody likes to play for the national team. I don't want to talk about the past, let's live in the present." The U.S. roster:

Goalkeepers: Joe Cannon (Los Angeles), Tim Howard (Everton, England)

Defenders: Chris Albright (Los Angeles), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, England), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Bobby Boswell (D.C.), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City), Bryan Namoff (D.C.), Eddie Robinson (Houston)

Midfielders: Brian Carroll (D.C.), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Bobby Convey (Reading, England), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Joshua Gros (D.C.), Justin Mapp (Chicago), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado)

Forwards: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City), Chris Rolfe (Chicago), Taylor Twellman (New England)

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