DaMarcus Beasley was one of two U.S, players that Puebla refused to release for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico. (Hans Punz/AP)
Jurgen Klinsmann is running thinner on defensive options for the U.S. men's national team's friendly against rival Mexico Wednesday, and he's not too pleased about it.
In an interview with Univision, Jurgen Klinsmann revealed his anger toward Liga MX side Puebla, which did not release DaMarcus Beasley or Michael Orozco for the match. Since the game is not being played on a FIFA international fixture date, Puebla was not obligated to release its players, but, as Klinsmann points out in his comments, Mexican teams complied with El Tri's requests, including Cruz Azul and Toluca, who are competing in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals this week.
The development depletes Klinsmann's defensive options, with Beasley figuring to start at left back and Orozco able to contribute at central defense or right back. Klinsmann already had to replace one other defensive player with Brad Evans -- who figured to start at right back if healthy -- withdrawing with a calf injury. Tony Beltran was called upon to replace Evans, but Goal USA is reporting that no replacements will come in for Beasley or Orozco.
As such, the fullback options are Michael Parkhurst, DeAndre Yedlin and Beltran, with Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez and Clarence Goodson dueling for two starting center back roles. Logic, based on past player usage and player availability, would have Klinsmann trot the versatile Parkhurst out at left back, young Yedlin at right back and likely World Cup starting tandem Besler and Gonzalez in the center.
Watch Klinsmann's interview below: