Wales line up: Brown, Matthews, Taylor, Edwards, Gunter, Williams, Allen, Bellamy, Morison, Ramsey, Robson-Kanu.
Out of the Mexico friendly are, Gareth Bale, Joe Ledley, Neal Eardley, Darcy Blake, David Vaughan and Lewis Price. All have minor injury concerns and it has been agreed that they will not travel.
Called up are Owain Fon Williams, Joel Lynch, Ashley Richards, Adam Henley and Jermaine Easter.
Squad have arrived in New York ahead of the game.
Chris Coleman has named a 23-man squad for the Mexico friendly. Out injured are Wayne Hennessey, Boaz Myhill and Jack Collison.
Also omitted are James Collins, Danny Gabbidon and Rob Earnshaw.
Called up is defender Joel Lynch (Nottm Forest), he replaces Neal Eardley, Lynch qualifies through his Barry-born father. this to be confirmed by the FAW.
FAW is awaiting the appropriate documentation from his family to confirm eligibility. Joel's father comes from Barry, but the FAW must receive paperwork (i.e. birth certificate) to confirm this.
Original Wales squad:
Goalkeepers: Jason Brown (Aberdeen, Lewis Price (Crystal Palace), Rhys Taylor (Chelsea).
Defenders: Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Sam Ricketts (Bolton), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Darcy Blake (Cardiff City).
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), David Vaughan (Sunderland), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Andy King (Leicester City), David Edwards (Wolves).
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Simon Church (Reading), Sam Vokes (Wolves).
Players on stand by:
Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers), Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic), Billy Bodin (Swindon Town), David Cotterill (Barnsley - released), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace).
Mexico v Wales at the MetLife Stadium, Rutherford, New Jersey, New York, USA on Sunday 27th May 2012. Kick off 3pm local time (8pm UK).
Chris Coleman will name the Wales squad this coming Thursday (10th May)at around 12:30pm....
Match to be shown LIVE on S4C Manager Chris Coleman said: "This will be a great opportunity for the team to test themselves against one of the best teams from the Americas. Mexico has plenty of top-class players and the way that the side adapts to the different style of play of our opponents will be interesting to watch. I am very happy for us to secure the game as we continue our World Cup preparations.”
This will be the third time that the two sides have met. The first was in the World Cup Finals group stage in Sweden in 1958 when the sides drew 1-1 (Ivor Allchurch scoring for Wales). Then, four years later in 1962, Wales concluded a tour that had seen them play twice in Brazil with a final match in Mexico City. That time Mexico had the upper-hand with a 2-1 win that saw Wales’s Cliff Jones sent-off. The Wales goal came from legend John Charles.
The Wales squad will have had another reason to remember the stay in Mexico City as the area suffered an earth tremor whilst the team was staying there.
For the Wales and Mexico, the game will be part of their respective build-up’s to the qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers. Mexico will be playing four games in the USA as part of their preparations. They also face Venezuela, Columbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Houston, Miami and Chicago respectively. Their coach is Jose Manuel de la Torre. The Mexicans can select players who are playing all over the world, as well as many who play domestically. Some of the ‘exiles’ include: Efrain Juarez (Celtic), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Giovani dos Santos (Tottenham Hotspur), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) and Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruna).
Wales has played once before in the USA, playing the national side in San Jose, California in May 2003, losing 2-0. Mark Hughes was the manager at the time.
It will be the fourth time that Wales has played a match in a ‘third country’: 2006 v Trinidad & Tobago in Austria and Brazil in England, plus 2009 v Poland in Portugal.
The stadium has recently been renamed as the MetLife Stadium and is home to the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets. It has a capacity of more than 82,000 and will host the Super Bowl Final in 2014. Several international football matches have been hosted there, including USA v Brazil in 2010 and USA v Argentina in 2011.
For more information on the MetLife Stadium, visit:
FRIENDLY: Wales 0 Costa Rica 1
Wednesday 29th February 2012
WALES 0 COSTA RICA 1 GOALS: Joel Campbell 7.
Defeat for Wales against Costa Rica in the Gary Speed Memorial International. On an emotional night in Cardiff, a goal after 7 minutes from Joel Campbell earned the visitors the win.
Wales line up: Lewis Price, Chris Gunter, Adam Matthews, Andrew Crofts, Darcy Blake, Ashley Williams, David Vaughan, Craig Bellamy (CAPT), Steve Morison, Joe Allen, Hal Robson-Kanu.
Subs: Jason Brown, Sam Vokes, Neil Taylor, Sam Ricketts, Danny Gabbidon, Joe Ledley, Rob Earnshaw, Jack Collison. TEAM NEWS: Jason Brown (Aberdeen) has been called up with Wayne Hennessey out as well, he has a sore ankle.
Craig Bellamy will captain Wales in the absence of Aaron Ramsey."For obvious reasons Craig will lead the side. He knew Gary better than anybody, he is a close friend of the Speed family and it seems only right that he should lead Wales on the night" - Osian Roberts. The squad will train at the CCS on Tuesday 28th February at 4pm. Osian Roberts will hold a press conference earlier at 1:30pm, this at a different venue.
Wales captain Aaron Ramsey, will miss the match with Costa Rica. Aaron was injured for his club Arsenal against Stoke City and will not be available for selection. Boaz Myhill is a doubt, he has an achilles injury.
Wales squad: Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Boaz Myhill (WBA) (loan Birmingham City), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace).
Defenders: Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), James Collins (Aston Villa), Danny Gabbidon (QPR), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Sam Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), David Edwards (Wolves), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), David Vaughan (Sunderland).
Forwards: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Sam Vokes (Wolves (Brighton & Hove Albion).
Stand by players: Jason Brown (Aberdeen), Danny Collins (Stoke City), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers), Craig Morgan (Preston North End), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic), David Cotterill (Barnsley), Andy Dorman (Crystal Palace) (loan Bristol Rovers), Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Ched Evans (Sheffield United).
The Football Association of Wales has announced the staging of the Gary Speed Memorial match on Wednesday, February 29th 2012, kick off 7:45 pm.
Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto has named a 19 man squad. COSTA RICA SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Keilor Navas (Levante), Daniel Cambronero (Herediano)
Defenders: Jose Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Michael Umaaa (Chivas) (USA), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls) (USA), Heiner Mora (Honefoss) (NOR), Junior Diaz (Wisla Krakow) (POL), Bryan Oviedo (FC Copenhagen) (DEN)
Midfielders: Randall Azofeifa (Genclerbirligi (TUR),Michael Barrantes (Aalesund) (NOR), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Pablo Antonio Gabas (Alajuelense). Kenny Cunningham (Gainare Tottori (JPN)
Gary Speed has named a 24-man squad for the Vauxhall friendly against Norway.
TEAM NEWS: Out are Boaz Myhill, Danny Collins (wife had a baby), James Collins and David Vaughan (groin injury), called up are Lewis Price and Lewin Nyatanga. Jack Collison has also been forced to pull out. No other replacements have been named.Simon Church is also saying he has pulled out in order to be fully fit for his next club game.
Fit again Danny Gabbidon (QPR) misses out. Coming back into the squad after missing the games last month are Andy King, Jack Collison, Joe Ledley, James Collins and Danny Collins.
TEAM NEWS: Both Robert Earnshaw and David Vaughan maybe doubtful due to injury.
Original Wales squad line up: Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion (loan Birmingham City).
Defenders: Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Danny Collins (Stoke City (Loan Ipswich Town), James Collins (Aston Villa), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Neil Taylor (Swansea City),Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), David Edwards (Wolves), Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), David Vaughan (Sunderland),
Forwards: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Simon Church (Reading), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City). Steve Morison (Norwich City). Sam Vokes (Wolves).
Stand by players: Lewis Price (Crystal Palace), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Craig Morgan (Preston North End), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic), David Cotterill (Swansea City), Andy Dorman (Crystal Palace), Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Ched Evans (Sheffield United).
MEDIA: Wednesday 9th November Training session : Vale, Hensol. Player media session : St David's Hotel.
Friday 11th November. Manager and captain media session : St David's Hotel, Training session at Cardiff City Stadium.
Danny Collins (source ITFC website) called up. Collins the last two matches with a groin injury. Also on the stand by list are Jonathan Williams, Lewis Price, Jermaine Easter and Andy Dorman. (source CPFC website).
The FAW has confirmed the Vauxhall International Friendly between Wales and Norway.
The game will take place on Saturday, 12th November, 2011 at the Cardiff City Stadium. Kick off at 3pm.
Update on Wales' friendly next month. Sgorio understands that Norway will be Wales' opponents on Saturday November 12th, match to be played in South Wales.
"Look forward to Wales v Norway on Sat Nov 12 at 3pm in Cardiff. Next challenge for our team as Norway is difficult opponent to play against." - Wales assitant Raymond Verheijen.
Please note this is to be confirmed by the FAW this week.