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USA to face Mexico before World Cup

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The United States men's national team will face arch-rival Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. as final preparations for the 2014 World Cup kicks in to high gear.

"We are going to be watching our players very carefully before making final decisions on the roster for the World Cup, so this will be a great benchmark to see where they are at and how they compete against our biggest rivals," said USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann in a released statement. "Games against Mexico are always special for the players and for the fans."

Klinsmann added: "We expect that it will be an amazing atmosphere in Phoenix with supporters for both teams, and it's great to have an opportunity to play before the start of the World Cup. You couldn't ask for a better experience to help with our preparations."

The United States clinched its seventh straight World Cup appearance by beating Mexico 2-0 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Klinsmann's side opens against Ghana on June 16, plays Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal six days later and closes the group stage against Germany on June 26.

Earlier this year, Klinsmann brought 26 players to this training camp get acclimated to the team's World Cup base in South America's biggest city. The team, mostly with players from Major League Soccer, played to a 2-0 victory against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 at Carson, Calif.

Several key USA players were not in camp while busy with their European club teams, including captain Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore and goalkeeper Tim Howard. Michael Bradley also isn't in town while getting settled in at Toronto FC.

The American team is off until the full squad convenes for another friendly in Ukraine on March 5.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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