World Cup 2014 spots will be up for grabs for each player when the United States men's national team take on Mexico in a friendly in Arizona on Wednesday.
With the tournament in Brazil now just 71 days away, time is running out for players to prove that they deserve to be in the squad of 23 that travels to South America in June.
As it is not an official international date, both sides have called up almost exclusively North American-based players, and thus the chance will be given to some fringe players to show their skills.
And U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said before the game, as reported on USsoccer.com:
Everyone knows the clock is ticking. This is a huge opportunity for our players to show where they are at and to make their case. We expect them to give a really strong performance against a Mexican team that is now basically coming back on track. They need to prove now that they badly want to go to Brazil.
Read on for live streaming info, as well as a look at key stats and players ahead of Wednesday's clash.
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
When: Wednesday, April 2 at 11 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN Player
Players to watch
The one player who will be involved on Wednesday who does not play in either the MLS or the Liga MX, 18-year-old Julian Green currently plies his trade at Bayern Munich.
The American-German forward is an exciting prospect for the U.S. side and has been touted by many as a player to look out for, including by CNN's Tom McGowan:
Green can play as a striker as well as in the midfield and on the wing.
He has made one senior appearance for the European champions this season, a brief appearance from the bench in Bayern's 3-1 Champions League away victory over CSKA Moscow, per BBC Sport.
However, he has scored 15 times this season for Bayern Munich reserves, per soccerway.com.
It will be Green's first appearance for the U.S. side, and he is expected to make the squad for Brazil with Wednesday's game offering the fans their first real opportunity to see him play.
The captain will likely take his place alongside Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley, and it will be the first time those three have played together since June 2012.
The former Tottenham midfielder is an obvious selection for the U.S. World Cup squad but he has endured a patch of indifferent form of late.
A strong performance against Mexico would satisfy Klinsmann and U.S. supporters. It would show that Dempsey can still perform at a high level and would prevent the coach from potentially having to make the difficult decision as to whether to drop him from the side.
A reunion with Donovan may well be advantageous for Dempsey as the two complement each other well and will look to exchange positions throughout the game.
Team USA are undefeated in the last four clashes between these two fierce rivals and look to have the edge statistically going into this friendly.
They defeated Mexico 2-0 back in September in their home World Cup qualifying match and picked up a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture in March of last year.
The U.S. topped the CONCACAF qualifying group for the World Cup with 22 points, while Mexico languished in fourth with only 11 points and had to endure the playoffs to make it to Brazil.
All key stats via ESPNFC.com
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