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Cherundolo's knee surgery compounds Hex woes
by Paul Kennedy, February 7th, 2013 5:34PM

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[USA MEN] One player the USA could have used against Honduras on Wednesday was 33-year-old right back Steve Cherundolo, the only U.S. player from the 2-1 win over the Catrachos in their 2001 Hexagonal match in San Pedro Sula still active on the national team. But the Hannover 96 captain's knee injury that kept him out of Wednesday's game is serious enough that it required arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday.

Hannover 96 coach Mirko Slomka would not give a time frame for Cherundolo's return, but a club spokesperson told Yanks Abroad that the club hopes Cherundolo could be back in training in 2-3 weeks but he would miss the round-of-32 series against Russia's Anji Machatchkala in the Europa League.

it would seem unlikely that he'd be ready to go for the double fixtures against Costa Rica and Mexico -- the next two opponents in the Hexagonal -- in late March.

In Cherundolo's place, Timmy Chandler started against Honduras, but he was a huge disappointment in his World Cup qualifying debut that finally tied him to the USA. Cherundolo's composure on the ball and the ability to ignite attacks down the right wing have made him an unsung member of the national team through three coaches.

Cherundolo missed the 2-1 loss at Jamaica in September but returned for the next game in Columbus and was tremendous in the USA's 1-0 win.

Cherundolo has played at Hannover 96 since 1999, earning him the nickname "Mayor of Hanover."

His career has been remarkably free from injury except for the injury -- a bruised knee suffered in training during the first round -- that kept him from playing in the 2002 World Cup. (He had himself been an injury replacement for Chris Armas and Greg Vanney.)

Cherundolo has played 280 Bundesliga games, the most ever by an American product.

Honduras 1 USA 2 (2001)
From the pages of Soccer America:
Game Story | Report Card
USA -- Friedel; Cherundolo, Llamosa, Agoos, Regis; Sanneh, Armas, Mathis (Berhalter, 88), Stewart; Wolff (Albright, 69), Razov (Jones, 71).



5 comments
  1. Joe d. Shaw
    commented on: February 8, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.
    If the ineffectual pall that currently hovers over the US men's team persists,would it be feasable for Bruce Arena and Dave Sarachan to coach both the LA Galaxy and the men's national team simultaneously? Would they even want to? If so would Arena and Gulati be able to reconcile? When players start to tune the coach out, and when the rot sets in and results aren't forthcoming,when post game coach comments take on an air of the absurd,then change has to come. US Soccer has to face the reality that the Klinnsman experiment has been a mistake and act. Four points from the next two games with Coata Rica and Mexico may just save the day for Colonel Klink, but anything less would in my opinion be unacceptable. Home Depot Center is the home base for both Galaxy and Ysnks. It could work out. Let us hope.

  1. David Mozeshtam
    commented on: February 8, 2013 at 1:13 p.m.
    Aren't the next two US fixtures against Costa Rica and Mexico?

  1. Joe d. Shaw
    commented on: February 8, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.
    Yes Costa Rica and Mixico. Spelling is not my forte.Haha

  1. Chuck Carlson
    commented on: February 8, 2013 at 5:42 p.m.
    Did anyone else notice the number of MLS players in that 2001 team? In 2001, the league was retracting and seemed like it might be on its deathbed, yet a majority of those National Team players were either MLSers or had had significant MLS experience. In 2013, with MLS doing very well, only 4-5 players would meet that MLS/significant MLS experience category. Does this regressing state of affairs say more about the league or the coach?

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: February 9, 2013 at 12:08 p.m.
    Chuck, I would say overall system. While there is well deserved debate on his decisions, we should still be able to perform much better vs these teams with our B Team if we had adequate scouting at the younger ages which we do not.


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