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Puebla Not Releasing Players is Beneficial to the USMNT

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Late Sunday Univision broke the news that Mexican club Puebla would not release DaMarcus Beasley or Michael Orozco to the USMNT ahead of Wednesday’s friendly with Mexico. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann stressed heavy disappointment in the decision saying that clubs in Mexico and MLS were supportive of the friendly on a non-FIFA sanctioned date. The Mexican club owners in Liga MX have a lot of say in determining the leadership of the national team, so one could say this is a ploy to keep players out of the rival lineup. In the end, not having Beasley and Orozco will be beneficial to the USMNT.

Puebla is in a relegation battle and have kept their hopes alive with decent results lately. It is understandable that they have chosen to keep two players who contribute to their team to keep them healthy. The biggest issue should be that they waited so long to announce their decision. However, this means Klinsmann’s first choice left back and sure World Cup participant Beasley will miss a chance to solidify a starting job. Missing Orozco is no big deal.

What this does mean is that Klinsmann will get a better look at DeAndre Yedlin and Michael Parkhurst. The duo will likely start at right and left back respectively. Parkhurst was likely on the plane to Brazil prior to this match given his versatility and good decision-making skills. Yedlin brings excitement and plenty of pace to not only provide overlapping runs, but also keep up with speedy wingers.

With Fabian Johnson playing right back for his club team Hoffenheim, getting a chance to see these two play against Mexico gives Klinsmann more flexibility in his back line than he has experienced in his tenure as head coach. Johnson has experience at left back, and Geoff Cameron has been playing right back for Stoke City. Not to mention, this gives Yedlin his shot, although fleeting, at one of the last World Cup spots and a jump start on a Summer Olympics roster spot.

Be upset that Puebla waited so long to make the decision but understand that it allows Klinsmann to get a better understanding of what he has on the back line. Yedlin is an exciting player so enjoy getting to see him play. Take a positive outlook as this will likely not change the outcome on Wednesday and could make World Cup decisions more clear.

Douglas Smith is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DFresh39, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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