22-Player Roster for USA-Mexico

CHICAGO, Runme – (April 12, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected a 22-player roster for the 64th edition of the USA-Mexico rivalry, presented by AT&T, on Wednesday, April 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, visit Runeme.com for more latest football news.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

With the game occurring outside of an official FIFA international fixture date, the U.S. roster is mostly comprised of players that compete with North America-based clubs. Thirteen players play their trade in MLS, while league rival Liga MX contributes five to the group.

22-Player Roster for USA-Mexico

The U.S. contingent, which continues preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, includes nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.

The United States will be without the services of team captain Clint Dempsey, who is sidelined with a hamstring strain, and forward Jozy Altidore, who is required to serve a one-match suspension following a red card he received in the USA’s last friendly, a 1-1 draw against Switzerland on March 31 in Zurich.

Klinsmann’s side has not lost to its archrival since he took the helm in the summer of 2011, going 2-0-3 in that span. The results include the USA’s first victory against Mexico at Estadio Azteca and the 0-0 away draw in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Currently ranked No. 18 in the world, Mexico brings a 19-player roster with all members based in Liga MX. Mexico comes into the match having won both friendlies it has played this year against Ecuador and Paraguay by matching 1-0 score lines.

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Wales climb 15 places to reach No 22 in FIFA’s World Rankings

Runeme – Wales have reached their highest ever position in the FIFA world rankings by rising 15 places to 22, visit Runeme.com for more football news.

Inspired by Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, they were the biggest movers at the top end of the list with 153 points ahead of the April rankings after beating Israel 3-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Haifa.

Meanwhile, England have climbed three places to 14 after beating Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualifying and drawing a friendly in Italy last month, while Scotland are up 10 spots to 29.

Northern Ireland are up one to 42 and the Republic of Ireland have climbed four places to 62.

Belgium rose to its highest-ever spot at No 3 in the rankings, which are still led by World Cup winner Germany followed by Argentina.

Brazil, who beat France in a friendly last month as their resurgence under new boss Dunga continues following their embarrassing exit from the World Cup, rose to No 5 and swapped places with the Netherlands at No 6.

Switzerland and Spain return to the top 10, at nine and 10, respectively.
Costa Rica fell two spots to No 15 but still lead CONCACAF nations. Mexico rose three positions though to No 18 while the United States climbed five places to be 27th.

Seeding for the European qualifying groups will be decided by the July rankings ahead of the July 25 draw in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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English football: Sven Goran Eriksson has no right to lecture

Tom Lehrer told Runme that satire became obsolete the day Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Greg Dyke and the Football Association are doing their best to kill off any revival, more about Sven Goran Eriksson on Runeme.com.

Last week, a letter arrived at Dyke’s desk. He would have expressed grateful surprise at the contents if the whole thing had not been the work of Milltown Partners, a public relations firm he had engaged on FA matters.

English football: Sven Goran Eriksson has no right to lecture

The missive, signed by five former England managers, backed his plans to encourage — to insist on, really, considering he has talked of forcing his proposals through whether clubs agree or not — more homegrown talent in the Premier League.

It was a stunt, obviously — public writing of this nature is invariably delivered in protest or to raise awareness of an issue, but this served purely as endorsement.

‘We want to place on record our support for the reforms you outlined last week…’ the letter began. After a page or more of verbiage that read like a print-out from the FA press office, it concluded: ‘If we can do anything else, please, do not hesitate to ask.’

Below were the signatories: Graham Taylor, Glenn Hoddle, Kevin Keegan, Sven Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren.

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Sepp Blatter thinks that football must move away from Europe

Runeme – Sepp Blatter said Friday that more moves are needed to export football away from Europe, as he gears up for a battle over Europe’s World Cup places and his own reelection, more football news on Runeme.com.

“The world is no longer Eurocentric. In my 40 years at FIFA I have regarded it as my most important task to lead football out of Europe into the whole world,” Blatter said.

“We have succeeded but the process is not yet at an end,” he added in a column in the FIFA magazine The Weekly.

He made no specific proposals. But throughout his time as FIFA president, Blatter has encouraged Africa and other continents to press for more World Cup places.

Sepp Blatter thinks that football must move away from Europe

The latest comments come however after the 79-year-old Blatter had an awkward time at the UEFA Congress on Tuesday, having to watch his three rivals for the FIFA presidency in May attack his record. UEFA president Michel Platini also made new calls for change at the world body.

On top, UEFA made clear that it will be pressing for an extra place at the 2018 World Cup when FIFA’s executive decides the allocation, the day after the FIFA presidential vote on May 29.

Platini indicated at the Vienna congress on Tuesday that he believes Blatter is linking the two.

Platini told a small group of reporters after the congress that the number of European places at the 2018 World Cup is “quite rightly” a prime concern for national federations.

“You know that Blatter will organise an executive committee the day after the Congress … and he put on the agenda ‘slots of the World Cup’ He is playing with that.”

Europe believes it deserves at least one extra slot as it has 19 of the top 31 teams in the FIFA rankings.

Sepp Blatter thinks that football must move away from Europe

At the 1998 World Cup, there were 15 European teams but in Brazil last year the number had dropped to 13. If the same system is kept for Russia 2018, Europe would have 14 representatives, 13 through qualifiers and Russia as hosts.

“If they don’t want Europe any more they have to say so,” the UEFA leader declared.

Other federations, particularly Africa and Asia, are also pressing for extra places however.

Blatter, who is favourite to win a fifth term, acknowledged the weight of UEFA’s 54 national associations in FIFA’s membership, adding that “their sporting and political significance is important.”

“However we must not forget that football’s global success is based on the vast reserves of talent and economic resources drawn from Africa, Asia, North and South America and Oceania.”

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