'Injured' Chandler, not available to U.S, sees action for FC Nürnberg.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Monday, August 8, 2011) -- Apparently, there are two degrees of injury for those who play for certain clubs in Europe. An injury that might keep someone from traveling halfway around the world to play in a meaningless friendly doesn't necessarily keep him from playing in an important club match.
This apparently applies to American defender Timmy Chandler, whose club FC Nürnberg said he had to withdraw from Wednesday's exhibition pitting the United States men against Mexico in Philadelphia to rehabilitate from an injury suffered in training. Yet on Saturday, Chandler played 90 minutes in Nürnberg's 1-0 preseason victory over German Bundesliga foe Hertha Berlin. Chandler is reportedly going to play in both of the U.S. team's matches in September.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales watched from the Hertha bench as an unused reserve.
It's now completely clear that U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley has no future at the Bundesliga's Borussia Mönchengladbach. Coach Lucien Favre has told the German media that Bradley wants to leave and he is not in the club's plans at all. Favre says he has the support of the club's board to simply sit Bradley if he is unable to secure a transfer and Bradley won't participate with the team, even in training, despite being under contract for the new season.
Bradley did not dress in Mönchengladbach's surprising 1-0 preseason decision Sunday over Bayern Munich.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones played 90 minutes in Schalke 04's 3-0 preseason loss Saturday to VfB Stuttgart despite reportedly being on the transfer block.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo dressed, but did not play for Hannover 96 in its 2-1 win Saturday over TSG Hoffenheim. Hannover used primarily reserves for this preseason test.
American goalkeeper David Yelldell dressed, but did not play for Bayer Leverkusen, a 2-0 loser Sunday to 1. FSV Mainz 05. Yelldell, however, will reportedly be in net when the regular season opens next weekend.
American keeper Daniel Williams did not dress for SC Freiburg, which played a 2-2 draw with FC Augsburg on Saturday.
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore's transfer to AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands, seemed to be off to a bad start, based on his lack of preseason or Europa League qualifying playing time as he recovered from a hamstring strain suffered with the U.S. men during this summer's Gold Cup. Yet, his prospects seemed to be looking up after he scored as a 65th-minute substitute in a season-opening 3-1 triumph over visiting PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
In the 80th minute, running across the face of the goal, Altidore opened space from his defender and nodded home a cross to score Alkmaar's final goal. Altidore also received a yellow card.
In England on Thursday, U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey and Fulham got off to a good 2011-2012 start, playing in the third round of the Europa League, defeating RNK Split of Croatia 2-0 for a 2-0 aggregate series victory.
Dempsey started and played 81 minutes before yielding to a defensive midfielder.
The second-tier English League Championship began opened this past weekend and it was far from an impressive showing by Americans.
American defender Frank Simek started and played 41 minutes for Carlisle United in a 3-0 loss Saturday to Notts County.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector did not dress for Birmingham City, a 2-1 loser Saturday to Derby County. Irish-American Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County
U.S. forward Robbie Findley did not dress for Nottingham Forest in a 0-0 draw Saturday with Barnsley.
American striker Mike Grella did not dress for Leeds United, which suffered a 3-1 setback Saturday to Southampton.
In the third-division English League One, American midfielder Anton Peterlin dressed, but did not play for Walsall in its 1-0 victory Saturday over Leyton Orient.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu suffered what is termed a minor leg injury and had to come out of Glasgow Rangers' friendly against England's Chelsea on Sunday. He is still expected to be available to the U.S. for Wednesday's game against Mexico.
American keeper Dominic Cervi was on the bench as the backup for Celtic in a 1-0 triumph Sunday over Aberdeen.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance and scored his first goal of the season for RSC Anderlecht in its 3-1 decision Friday over Mechelen.
In Denmark, American striker Chris Rolfe played 81 minutes and received a yellow card for Aalborg BK in a 3-3 draw Saturday with Horsens. American forward Marcus Tracy is still recovering from a knee injury and was unavailable to AaB.
American defender Michael Parkhurst played 90 minutes for FC Nordsjaelland in its 2-1 win Sunday over Silkeborg.
American defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Brondby IF's 2-1 loss to Odense BK on Sunday. On Thursday, Goodson played 90 minutes in a 4-2 victory (4-4 draw on aggregate) with Ried of Austria in the third round of qualifying for the Europa League. Brondby, however, was eliminated because it scored fewer road goals.
American defender Brad Rusin played 90 minutes and received a yellow card for HB Koge in its 4-2 setback Sunday to FC Copenhagen.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien played the final 17 minutes of SonderjyskE's 3-1 triumph Saturday over AGF Aarhus.
In Sweden, U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, resigned to not moving to Scotland until January, played 90 minutes for Örebro SK's in 4-0 whitewash of Hacken on Sunday.
American defender-midfielder Ryan Miller did not dress for Halmstads BK, a 5-4 winner Sunday over Norrkoping.
In Norway, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went the distance and scored a goal for Stabaek IF in a 2-1 victory Friday over Fredrikstad.
American defender Josh Gatt played 90 minutes for Molde FK in its 3-1 loss Sunday to Rosenborg. On Thursday, Gatt scored the game-winner in a 2-1 triumph over IK Start.
In Mexico, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley went the distance for Puebla in a 2-1 loss to Jaguares de Chiapas on Sunday.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres UANL in a 1-0 decision Sunday night at Estudiantes Tecos.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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