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Chandler among US players picked for Honduras

CHICAGO -- Defender Timmy Chandler was among 24 players selected for the United States' World Cup qualifier at Honduras on Wednesday and is set to make his competitive debut for the Americans.

Chandler, eligible to play for the U.S. and Germany, made his American national team debut in March 2011 against Argentina and played in eight games that year, but all were friendlies. He was not included in the CONCACAF Gold Cup squad by then-coach Bob Bradley, who said he wanted to give Chandler time off following his first season as a regular in the Bundesliga.

Chandler turned down U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann's invitation for the U.S. training camp last May ahead of the opening qualifiers of the semifinal round, then returned for the Nov. 14 friendly at Russia and said he was fully committed to the U.S. team.

If he appears for the U.S. in a competitive match, he would be unable to play for Germany.

Defenders Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler and Brad Evans were among seven players selected from Major League Soccer who appeared in last week's 0-0 friendly draw against Canada,

Forwards Juan Agudelo and Terrence Boyd, and midfielder Kyle Beckerman were not picked.

Klinsmann did not consider Landon Donovan, who said after last year's MLS Cup final that he was uncertain he wanted to keep playing. Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said last month he expects Donovan to play at some point this year.

The game is the first of 10 in the final round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The top three nations in the six-team group qualify for next year's tournament in Brazil, and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff for another berth, likely against New Zealand.

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In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, Nuremberg's Timothy Chandler, of the U.S., left, and Bayern's David Alaba, of Austria, right, challenge for the ball during the German first-division Bundesliga soccer match in Nuremberg, southern Germany. Defender Timmy Chandler is set to commit his future to the Americans rather than leave open the possibility of playing for Germany. (AP)

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