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Six foreign-based players on outside looking in
by Paul Kennedy, November 12th, 2013 12:05AM
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[USA MEN] If you're a national team player and aren't in Scotland or on one of the MLS conference finalists or excused because of injury, your chances of going to next year's World Cup are fading fast. Here's a look at a half a dozen foreign-based players who were starting at some point earlier in the year but are now on the outside looking in.

TIMMY CHANDLER. The signs aren't good for the Nuremberg defender. He's the only American who's been starting regularly in the Bundesliga for the last month, but even that was not enough to get him a recall for the November friendlies. The writing was on the wall in August when Chandler, whose only appearance of the year came in the 2-1 loss at Honduras in February, wasn't called up for another European friendly, at Bosnia-Herzegovina.

MICHAEL PARKHURST. Parkhurst's situation has been problematic since moving from Denmark to German club Augsburg, where he hasn't played since March. But he came back to start most of the Gold Cup and even played the second half of the clinching qualifier against Mexico in September. This is the second month in a row he hasn't been called up, so he'll likely have to switch clubs and start playing pronto if he wants to have any chance of making the World Cup team.

JOE CORONA. Corona was with the national team for the June qualifiers, started most of the Gold Cup, but he's not been called up for the last two fixture dates. The problem: he's no longer starting at Tijuana after playing regularly during the Xolos' 2012 league championship season and on their run to the 2013 Libertadores Cup quarterfinals. He played only two Liga MX games since mid-August. Corona's position on the U.S. depth chart at outside midfielder has suffered with the development of Alejandro Bedoya over the last six months.

HERCULEZ GOMEZ. A year ago, Gomez was ahead of Jozy Altidore on the U.S. depth chart, but a bothersome knee injury that eventually needed surgery ruined his summer. He played in the group stage at the Gold Cup but has not been called back to the national team since his move to Tijuana, where he played just 196 minutes and didn't score in the Apertura 2013. The arrival of Aron Johannsson certainly hasn't helped his position.

MAURICE EDU. Edu played key roles in the two big U.S. results at Mexico in the Jurgen Klinsmann era -- the 1-0 win in August 2012 and 0-0 tie in March 2013 -- but he hasn't played for the national team since the Hexagonal game against Mexico at Azteca Stadium. A sports hernia injury forced him to withdraw from the June qualifiers and he hasn't called back since. He decided to return to Stoke City after spending the spring in Turkey, but he's not in the Potters' picture.

DANNY WILLIAMS. Like Edu and Gomez, Williams was a fixture in the U.S. squad in the fall of 2012. Indeed, he held down a starting job at holding midfielder after having a big game in the key win of the semifinal round of qualifying, 1-0 over Jamaica. But the German-American's inability to keep a starting job at Hoffenheim forced him to look abroad. He moved to Reading after its relegation from the English Premier League but a foot injury has kept him out of action for the last two months.

1 comment
  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: November 13, 2013 at 3:19 a.m.
    IMO, as much as I liked the way Corona played during the GC run, Parkhurst was the unsung hero of that tournament! He is the one who is getting the short end of the deal on this list, both given his solid performance defensively, and some timely offensive forades for the Nats when given the chance.

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