With World Cup qualifiers ahead, Timmy Chandler withdraws from U.S. squad with injury

>> Eintracht Frankfurt defender Timmy Chandler has withdrawn from the U.S. national team ahead of two World Cup qualifiers because of a hamstring injury. On Sunday, he was among 27 players named to the squad, which has gathered in the Denver area for workouts.

No replacement was named right away, and it’s unclear whether Coach Bruce Arena will fill the slot before Saturday’s friendly against Venezuela in Sandy, Utah. The Americans will then face Trinidad and Tobago on June 8 in Commerce City, Colo., and Mexico on June 11 in Mexico City.

Chandler (29 caps) started in the qualifying defeats last November but missed the March dates and, with DeAndre Yedlin in good form, he was not likely to crack the lineup at right back for the upcoming games. Geoff Cameron and Graham Zusi can also play on the right side.

>> FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman was not named to the U.S. squad after his January and March call-ups, and it was just as well. After leaving Sunday night’s MLS match in the first half, the club announced Tuesday that he had suffered an MCL knee injury and will miss four to six weeks. That timetable jeopardizes his availability for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which begins July 7.

>> An American will coach in the Premier League next season: Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner. The former Bundesliga forward — whose father is American and mother is German — earned eight caps for the U.S. national team between 1996 and ’98. During that period, Wagner and another German-American, Michael Mason, gained clearance to play for the United States.

In a six-week stretch in spring 1997, Wagner started in World Cup qualifiers against Canada and Costa Rica and came on as a sub against Mexico. That summer, Wagner started at El Salvador as well….

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