Once again, Timmy Chandler
won't be with the U.S. national team. A hamstring injury forced the Eintracht Frankfurt defender to withdraw from the team preparing for Saturday's friendly against
Venezuela and World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.
Chandler left after 72 minutes in the German Cup final on Saturday. Eintracht Frankfurt lost to Borussia
The 27-year-old defender just completed his best season in the Bundesliga. He started 31 league games and four cup games for Eintracht, which gave him a three-year contract
extension through the 2019-20 season.
Chandler missed the March qualifiers, the first under new coach Bruce Arena
, as he was suspended for the first game against Honduras. He
picked up yellow cards in both Hexagonal matches in November 2016, his first appearance in qualifying for the USA since the opening game of the 2013 Hexagonal.
Since being first capped by
the USA in 2011, Chandler has played in just three of 26 World Cup qualifiers.
Chandler was not expected to start for the USA against T&T and Mexico. DeAndre Yedlin
healthy and expected to start at right back. In March, Geoff Cameron
and Graham Zusi
started the qualifiers against Honduras and Panama, respectively. Jorge Villafana
is now the
first choice at left back.
Other players available to play the outside back are DaMarcus Beasley
and (in a pinch) Matt Besler
and Tim Ream
withdrawal leaves 26 players in camp. The USA is training at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, site of the T&T game on June 8. U.S.
Roster: GOALKEEPERS (4):
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough/ENG; 13/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 0/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 35/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0). DEFENDERS (11):
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 33/6), Matt Besler (Sporting KC; 11/1), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER; 3/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 20/2), Omar Gonzalez
(Pachuca/MEX; 14/0), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 0/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 4/0), Jorge Villafana (Santos/MEX; 2/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 6/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC; 17/3).
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 2/0), Paul Arriola (Tijuana/MEX; 2/1), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 8/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; 33/6), Fabian Johnson (Bor.
Moenchengladbach/GER; 15/1), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 5/0), Christian Pulisic (Bor. Dortmund/GER; 7/3). FORWARDS (4):
Jozy Altidore (Toronto
FC; 36/16), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders; 38/18), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 3/0), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER; 8/4).