Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 24-player roster for the United States men's national team World Cup Qualifier against Honduras on Feb. 6. The roster is a mix between Major League Soccer veterans and European-based stars and yes, U.S. fans, Timothy Chandler is on the list.
The German-born player has held out of previous qualifiers, with rumors circulating that he was holding out for a chance to play with Germany. Now on the U.S. roster, if Chandler plays against Honduras, he will be cap-tied to the Stars and Stripes. Other than Chandler's inclusion, Brad Davis, Edgar Castillo, Omar Gonzalez and Brad Evans could make their first appearances in a World Cup qualifier. Klinsmann believes that he has selected the right mix of players for a tough road match at the San Pedro Sula.
“We want to have a sense of urgency right from the start of the Final Round," said Klinsmann. “We have a lot of respect for Honduras, but our message to the team is that we are going there to get three points. One thing we learned from the Semifinal Round is that you have to bring the right mentality to play in the tough games on the road, and I’m confident we are ready to do that.”
Here is the U.S. roster with World Cup qualifier appearances and goals next to each player:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa - 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton – 22/9 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire – 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City – 0/0), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander – 31/5), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City – 5/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana – 0/0), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg – 0/0), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders – 0/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy – 0/0), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim – 3/0), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg – 3/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Roma – 19/5), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo - 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor – 9/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 – 5/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht – 12/0), Jose Torres (Tigres – 9/0), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim – 4/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City – 3/0)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar – 17/6), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur – 26/10), Herculez Gomez (Santos – 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders – 11/10)
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