German-Americans Timothy Chandler of 1.FC Nurnberg and David Yelldell of MSV Duisburg have chosen to represent the United States and have been invited to the USMNT camp in preparation for friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay. USMNT Coach Bob Bradley has also chosen Hannover captain Steve Cherundolo and FC Ingolstadt’s Edson Buddle for the 24 man roster, along with former Bundesliga players Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones.
Chandler, 20, was born in Frankfurt to an American father in the military and a German mother. He began his career with Eintracht Frankfurt II in 2008 before transferring to 1.FC Nurnberg. After scoring 4 goals for Nurnberg’s reserve squad, Chandler was gradually introduced into Bundesliga action following the winter break by Nurnberg head coach Dieter Hecking. The young defender/midfielder has evolved from being a second half substitute to having started the last six matches for Der Club, and his team has only lost once since Chandler has began playing on the first side.
Like Chandler, goalkeeper David Yelldell, 29, is the son of an American soldier stationed in Germany and a German mother. Unlike Chandler, Yelldell is a veteran but has never played a match in 1. Bundesliga. Yelldell, 6’4″, has played in 2. Bundesliga for TuS Koblenz and his current team, Duisburg, after beginning his career with Stuttgarter Kickers II. The Stuttgart native also spent two years with EPL side Blackburn Rovers, although he did not see senior team action. Yelldell’s Duisburg team will meet FC Schalke 04 in the DFB Pokal Cup finals and try to become only the second 2. Bundesliga team to win the Cup since the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963. Yelldell celebrated the good news of his national team selection by shutting out Fortuna Dusseldorf Friday, giving Duisburg a much-needed 1-0 victory.
The USMNT will hold its training camp beginning March 20 in Cary, North Carolina. The American national team will host Argentina on March 26 at the New Meadowlands Stadium and Paraguay in Nashville on March 29. Coach Bradley will use the camp and friendlies to determine his roster for the USMNT’s Gold Cup appearance in June. The USMNT will be one of twelve CONCACAF national teams involved in the upcoming tournament. The US is drawn into a group with Canada, Guadaloupe and Canada.
There will be a definite Bundesliga feel to the USMNT during training camp. Hannover veteran Steve Cherundolo has made 65 appearances for the US national team and over 300 for the 96ers. Michael Bradley played more than 75 games for Borussia Monchengladbach before transferring to Aston Villa this winter and has 50 caps for the U.S. Jermaine Jones was a long-time Bundesliga veteran for FC Schalke 04, Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer 04 Leverkusen before transferring to Blackburn Rovers during winter break. Injury has limited Jones to only two appearances for the U.S. so far. Buddle has six national team appearances and is helping FC Ingolstadt climb out of the relegation zone in 2. Bundesliga. With Chandler and Yelldell onboard, 25% of the USMNT roster in March will have experienced first-hand soccer made in Germany.
USMNT March Roster
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Timothy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Zak Whitbread (Norwich City)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Mikkel Diskeruud (Stabaek), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)