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MNT Weekend TV Schedule: Race for the World Cup Roster

The countdown clock continues to tick as the May deadline for FIFA World Cup-bound nations to submit their preliminary 30-man tournament rosters draws ever closer. U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stating that, “The door remains open till the very last day,” for U.S. players in leagues all over the world, so the pressure to put in eye-catching performances increases with each match.

While, MLS-based players are gearing up for the domestic season, players abroad find themselves beginning their club campaigns in Mexico or cutting through the meat of seasons across Europe. With games taking place all over the globe from Friday night to Monday afternoon, Klinsmann and his staff will fan out across Europe to take in a couple games in person.

On Saturday, some of the coaches will pay a visit to Nurnberg to watch defender Timmy Chandler lace up his boots for a go-round with visiting Bayern Munich. GolTV will air the match live at 9:30 a.m. ET in the United States.

A second group will set up shop at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England, to check out Geoff Cameron and visiting Stoke City battle the Saints. The match will be available live on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

Fans who wish to do some scouting of their own can check out the following list of games that will be broadcast in the United States this weekend, featuring up to 13 U.S. MNT players who will be looking to impress as the competition for a World Cup roster spot continues to heat up:

U.S. Men’s National Team on TV (all times ET) :

FRIDAY
ESPN Deportes
TIJUANA-MONTERREY (live) 10:30 p.m. (Liga MX)
Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Herculez Gomez

SATURDAY
GolTV
NÜRNBERG-BAYERN MUNICH (live) 9:30 a.m. (Bundesliga)
Timmy Chandler

NBC Sports Live Extra
SOUTHAMPTON-STOKE CITY (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Geoff Cameron

ASTON VILLA-WEST HAM (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Brad Guzan

SUNDERLAND-HULL CITY (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Jozy Altidore

SUNDAY
USA Network
TOTTENHAM-EVERTON (live) 8:30 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Tim Howard

USA NETWORK, mun2
MANCHESTER UNITED-FULHAM (live) 11 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Clint Dempsey

ESPN Deportes
PUEBLA-CHIVAS (live) 1 p.m. (Liga MX)
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco

GolTV
SCHALKE-HANNOVER (live) 11:30 p.m. (Bundesliga)
Steve Cherundolo

MONDAY
beIN SPORTS

NANTES-LYON (delay) 12:30 p.m. (League1)
Alejandro Bedoya

Fit to be Cap-Tied

If Timmy Chandler takes the field on Wednesday, he will officially be bound to the United States for the duration of his international career. Fans of the U.S. team will be thrilled, and Jurgen Klinsmann’s policy of “always leaving the door open” will have proved hugely successful.

The phrase you will read over and over again is that he is “cap-tied,” but what does that mean exactly, and why does it matter?

It starts with the fact that Chandler – like many others before him – is a dual citizen of the United States and another country (in this case, Germany). Any player who has dual citizenship can choose to play for either country, but at a certain point he will be committed to only one. Here’s how:

If a player represents one country at the senior team level in an official competition (such as a World Cup qualifier), then they no longer have the ability to play for the other country. If they play in a friendly competition for one country, they can apply to FIFA for a one-time change of association. The first example for the United States was Jermaine Jones, who had represented Germany at the senior team level in friendly matches.

There is one catch to the change of association: Once you change, you can never go back.

There are different rules that apply if a player has represented one country at the youth international level, meaning Under-23 and below. If that player appeared in an official competition (such as the Olympics, a U-20 World Cup, etc.), they can apply to FIFA for a change of association as long as they were a citizen of both countries at the time they represented the first one. A good example in this case is Fabian Johnson, who won the U-21 European Championship with Germany. Because he was a citizen of Germany and the United States at the time of the tournament, he was still eligible to switch.

If a player only appeared in a friendly competition at the youth international level, then no change of association is required and they remain eligible to play for either country.

This gets us back to Timmy Chandler. Born to an American serviceman and a German mother, Chandler claimed citizenship for both countries and played for youth national teams in Germany in friendly competition, so he stayed eligible for either country. Check.

Chandler has played for the U.S. nine times in friendly games at the senior team level, beginning against Argentina in 2011. Since he has not played in any official games since then, he could still apply for a change of association to play for the Germany senior team. If he steps on the field against Honduras, that all ends and we have him forever – or as long as the coach keeps picking him!

Make sense?

Now what made Chandler eligible to be a U.S. citizen in the first place is a whole other story. We’re just happy to have him …

Timmy Chandler: "I Finally Feel Ready to Make the Commitment"

A name that stands out on the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the upcoming friendly against Russia is Timmy Chandler. The Nuremberg-based defender has had an on-again, off-again relationship with the USA since earning his first cap March 16, 2011, against Argentina and has been open about the uncertainty of his desire to play international football. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has expressed an open door policy for Chandler and has been willing to give the defender space to make his own choice. According to Chandler, his soul searching has led to a decision.

ussoccer.com: The first question on many people’s minds will be: Why now?
Timmy Chandler: “I spent a lot of time thinking this over. I have had many conversations with Jurgen, my family, my girlfriend and the people close to me, and I finally feel ready to make the commitment.”

ussoccer.com: What were some of the issues you felt were holding you back from being fully committed?
TC: “I was a young player trying to get settled into my club team and wasn’t sure about the long travel and everything that goes into being a part of this National Team. My coaches didn’t like the idea, so I think even I felt some pressure. I’ve had a chance to get settled in with the club and also have grown up a lot. I know what I want to do.”

ussoccer.com: What are your emotions now being back in with the team?
TC: “I’m excited to be back as a part of the group. This is a great group of guys. I hope they accept me back into the team. I’m very happy to be here.”

ussoccer.com: Given what has transpired in the last two years, there may be some people who are skeptical of your commitment to the U.S. team at this point?
TC: “I understand that a lot of people in the USA may be unsure because they think I have said [I’m committed] in the past. All I can say is that I am clear in my head about the commitment moving forward. This was about me being ready to accept the responsibility of being a part of the National Team and everything that goes with it, and now I am ready. I hope I will get chances in the future. I am in 1,000 percent.”

ussoccer.com: Have you been following the U.S. team?
TC: “I’ve watched a lot of the games and followed also on the internet. They have done a great job in the qualification so far. You can see that the games aren’t easy.”

ussoccer.com: There are several other German-Americans playing in the Bundesliga. Have you been staying in contact?
TC: “I have been in contact with Jermaine Jones and Danny Williams and they have told me about what’s been going on in these games. We talked about my situation as well, but the most important thing has been the team.”

ussoccer.com: What was the most important factor in the decision process on your end to take this opportunity again?
TC: “I thought about all the times I had been with the team and they were really good experiences for me. I spoke a lot with Jurgen and I could see he wanted me to be a part of the team. That was very important. I am excited about the chance to represent the United States.”

U.S. Men's National Team Roster Announcement Quote Sheet

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster Announcement
Quote Sheet
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
Nov. 12, 2012 – Frankfurt, Germany


On how he views the progress of the team in 2012:
Jurgen Klinsmann: “I think we can take a lot of positives from this year. It’s been a very successful year, but also a year of transition. We introduced new players and young players into the group. We have a bit of a different approach than before my time. We got to know each other a lot more throughout all those games. I really think that we are developing a style that suits us and that the players are enjoying. Overall, we are excited about the upcoming year ahead. It’s going to be a big year.”

On the ways the team has improved this year:
JK: “One thing is the technical game on the field. We are improving the way we push the whole game into the opponent’s half, keeping the ball, playing out of the back, and here and there putting high pressure on the opponents.  Obviously, we are trying to build more belief in what we’re doing by going into big nations and trying to beat them. It happened in Italy for the first time ever, and then in Mexico at Estadio Azteca in August. Those results give you more confidence and a sense that if you can beat those teams and go eye-to-eye with them, you are on the right track.”

On the situation with Timmy Chandler:
“Timmy was always committed to the team. With his dual citizenship situation and having a choice, it’s a big, big decision. Timmy is maturing now. He’s becoming a better pro and a more mature player, and he knows now that once he makes the final decision that’s going to be his life. So I don’t want to put any pressure in a situation like that. The choice should come from the player. Obviously, there comes a time when there is no time left, and he knows that. We are thrilled that he is now back in the group. The group welcomed him with open arms. He gives us quality on our roster. He’s maturing in the Bundesliga and he’s one of the best players in Nuremberg. It’s good to have him when we play one of the best teams in Europe.”

On the decision to bring Jozy Altidore to the match against Russia:
“We are happy having Jozy back in the group. Obviously, he was left out of the last games against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala because of the way he played in Jamaica and maybe a couple other things from the previous months that I wasn’t so happy about. I mentioned it to him, and now having him back in the group gives us an opportunity to talk through that stuff and also to see his total commitment on the field. He’s an important player for us. He’s fighting his way through the Dutch league and doing well there, and we hope he brings the same energy into our group. We often forget that Jozy is not a 30-year-old player that you already expect to be kind of perfect and mature. He’s still going through ups and downs, which is totally normal. So when a down period comes and I leave him out of the roster, that’s not the end of the world. But it’s also a little signal to say ‘Hey Jozy, maybe there were things we didn’t like before.’ Now we can catch up and see how it goes.”

On choosing to play against Russia, which is currently ranked No. 9 in the world:
“We ask for these games because they are big learning curves for us. Playing in Italy, in Mexico and in Russia – we are not the favorites there. For us, we can take a lot from the games no matter how the result ends up. But still we want to go there and beat Russia knowing that it’s one of the top teams in Europe at the moment. In World Cup qualifying they are 4-0, so that’s not going to be an easy task. We need to measure ourselves against the best teams out there and build even more confidence. We want to close the year in a very positive way and then go into a busy 2013 that includes World Cup qualifying, the Gold Cup and some exciting friendlies.”

On having to play in big matches with different rosters and how that helps the team develop:
“Winning in Italy, we did it with a roster that maybe wasn’t the best on paper. It was the same in Mexico when we missed key players, and it’s the same now for Russia. For us the most important thing is that we grow as a group. We need more players in the bigger picture because we play so much in the coming year, so whoever goes to Russia and is part of that game will take a lot of benefits out of it. The biggest benefit you could have is to beat them. I think that more and more the players get the sense that they are ready for bigger challenges and bigger goals. They have to set those goals for themselves. Every individual player has to tell himself they want to get to the next level, and games like this can get you there.”

On calling in several younger players to the roster:
“Calling in players like Mix Diskerud, Joe Gyau and Joshua Gatt is a clear signal to this generation of players that we are watching you, follow you, and want to help you get to the next level. This is a first taste for them and what it means to be with the senior National Team. They can train alongside guys like Timmy Howard, Jermaine Jones and Carlos Bocanegra and say ‘I want to get to this level.’ It’s also really an opportunity for them to come in, get accepted right away and show what they can do. Maybe they will even get some minutes in the game against Russia.  It also means for them that they go back to their clubs with bigger expectations. We will tell them that now we expect you to become starters in your club team, break through there and get even hungrier. So it’s important that we give these guys the opportunity to join us.”


A Look Ahead: MNT Players in High Stakes Games This Weekend

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has championed the value of the players participating in big-time games and in big-time competitions, and this weekend he certainly gets his wish. Seasoning, experience, and ability to prove yourself in challenging moments all come from these types of opportunities, and with the National Team camp set to begin in a few weeks’ time, there’s no better time to shine. Many U.S. internationals will be lining up for important matches this weekend with high stakes - spots in Europe on the line, huge derbies, and games against fellow Americans. Here's a look at the highlights:

SATURDAY
Timmy Chandler vs. Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim retain slim hopes of qualifying for the Europa League – at the expense of Steve Cherundolo’s Hoffenheim – while Nurnberg look to crack the top half of the table when the two left-sided U.S. internationals square off. The big news from Hoffenheim this week was the shoulder injury to Danny Williams, which raises a question mark on his availability for the National Team this summer.

Steve Cherundolo - After reaching the quarterfinals this year, Hannover are in the hunt for another Europa League berth and they travel to face the team currently in possession of the last spot. Bayer Leverkusen is in sixth place and three points ahead of Hannover with two games left on the docket.

Tim Howard v. Clint Dempsey (FOX Soccer tape delay, 5 p.m. ET) - Two teams that have had fantastic seasons in large part to the contributions of the U.S. internationals square off at Goodison Park as Everton welcome Fulham. Fresh off being voted the fourth best player in the Premier League this season, the milestone of scoring his 50th career goal at Fulham sits in front of Clint Dempsey, and his long-time U.S. teammate looks to deny him the achievement for at least another week.

Jermaine Jones (GolTV, 2 p.m. ET) - Schalke 04 maintain a two-point lead above Borussia Moenchengladbach for third place in the Bundesliga and a spot in the Champions League. They host relegation Hertha Berlin, the club of Alfredo Morales, who are likely relegation bound.

SUNDAY
Jozy Altidore - AZ face a massive match at Feyenoord on Sunday, as the two teams are deadlocked on 61 points with three games remaining. While Ajax seems to have a hold on the title, second place means a spot in Champions League qualifying. Altidore has been on fire recently, scoring five goals in his last four matches.

Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu (FOX Soccer tape delay, 7 p.m. ET) - Despite the title race being decided, there's never any incentive needed for an Old Firm as Rangers meet Celtic for the final time this season. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra will likely sport the armband Sunday, and with the turbulent times off the field, Rangers would like nothing better than a victory in the Glasgow derby to add a little sunshine to the season.

U.S. MNT Ready to Face France in Paris

FACING THE FRENCH: The U.S. Men’s National Team faces its toughest challenge yet under new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann when it takes on former World Cup champion France on Nov. 11 in Paris. Loaded with talent and boasting two players who are finalists for world football player of the year, the French are eager to build toward the European Championship next summer. The U.S. is doing building of its own, the friendlies in November representing one of the last big opportunities prior to the start of World Cup qualifying. The only stadium in the world to host both the FIFA World Cup final and the Rugby World Cup final now serves as the venue for the first meeting between these teams in more than 30 years. Kickoff at the Stade de France is set for 3 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision and Univision.com. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7) : Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon)
MIDFIELDERS (9) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (4) : Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)

ROSTER NOTES

  • A total of 27 players have earned at least one cap under Klinsmann. 
  • Klinsmann has used five different starting lineups in as many matches. 
  • Ten leagues in nine countries are represented on the roster. Germany has the most with seven players, six coming from the Bundesliga. 
  • Two teams contribute two players to the U.S. roster. Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu come from Rangers, while Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams join from Hoffenheim. 
  • Tim Howard and Bocanegra are the only two players to have started all five matches under Klinsmann. Brek Shea has started four and entered as a sub once (against Mexico). 
  • Clint Dempsey scored his 23rd career goal for the United States on Oct. 8 against Honduras. He is now fifth on the USA's all-time goalscoring chart, one behind Joe-Max Moore. 
  • Howard collected his 37th victory in that game, putting him in a second-place tie with fellow New Jersey native Tony Meola for wins by a U.S. goalkeeper. Kasey Keller tops the chart with 53 victories. 
  • He also moved into sole possession of third place on the career shutout list with 25 total, surpassing Brad Friedel. 
  • Six players on the roster are age-eligible for the U-23 MNT: Jozy Altidore, Timmy Chandler, Bill Hamid, Alfredo Morales, Brek Shea and Danny Williams. 
  • Dempsey has now recorded 36 career goals in the English Premier League, tying Brian McBride for the most-ever by a U.S. international in England's top flight. Each goal he scores adds to the record he set for the most career goals scored by any Fulham player in the EPL. 
  • Altidore has scored eight goals in all competitions for AZ Alkmaar, including two in the Europa League. Buddle has six goals in 14 matches for FC Ingolstadt.
  • Maurice Edu has appeared in 100 games for Rangers . During his time in Glasgow, Rangers have won three consecutive Scottish Premier League titles. 
  • Hamid and Morales are the only two players on the roster in search of their first cap. Morales, who plays for Hertha Berlin, makes his debut in a full national team camp, having previously been involved with the U.S. U-20 MNT. 
  • Williams made his debut for the United States on Oct. 8 against Honduras, becoming the first player to earn his first cap under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. 
  • Johnson is in camp for the first since receiving approval from FIFA for a change of association. He can only represent the United States. 
  • Williams certified his U.S. citizenship and obtained a passport Sept. 30 in Frankfurt, confirming his eligibility to play for the United States. 
  • Beasley, Beckerman and Oguchi Onyewu were inaugural members of the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton. The class of 1999 finished fourth at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Zealand. 
  • A total of 12 players on the roster play professionally in Europe, while two more play in Mexico. Seven play in MLS.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Clint Dempsey is the USA's fifth all-time scoring leader with 23 goals. 
  • Tim Howard is tied for second all-time in victories with Tony Meola. 
  • Howard is in third place in career shutouts with 25 clean sheets. 
  • Carlos Bocanegra has 12 career goals, one shy of the record for a U.S. defender currently held by Marcelo Balboa. 
  • Bocanegra has made 98 appearances for the United States and is two short of becoming the 12th player in U.S. history to reach 100 caps.

BY THE NUMBERS:

1 Player who has played at the Stade de France (Bocanegra)
3 Players who are captains for their club team (Beckerman, Cherundolo, Goodson)
8 Players on the roster with 60 caps or more
27 Players who have earned at least one cap under Klinsmann
38 Average number of caps earned on the roster
98 Caps earned by Bocanegra

USA VS. FRANCE SERIES

  • The USA and France have only met twice previously, both matches taking place in 1979. 
  • France won both contests by a combined total of 9-0, including a 6-0 shutout on May 2, 1979, in E. Rutherford, N.J. 
  • In the second game of the home-and-home, France won 3-0 on Oct. 10, 1979, in Paris. Former U.S. MNT defender Ty Keough discussed the experience with ussoccer.com.

’LOS AND GOOCH PARLE FRANÇAIS : Both Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu have seen their career paths make a stop in France. Bocanegra spent three seasons in Ligue 1, starting at Saint-Étienne where he served as a regular starter for two years and was part of a backline that gave up the third fewest goals in the league during the 2009-10 season. He is only the player on the U.S. roster to have played a match the Stade de France, scoring a goal in the side’s 2-1 loss to Guingamp in the 2009 Coupe de France final. Onyewu signed with FC Metz straight from Clemson University, and stayed under contract with them for two years before moving to Standard de Liege following a loan spell in 2003-04. Gooch went on to win back-to-back titles with Standard. And yes, they both speak French.

ON FRENCH SOIL: The United States have competed twice in official competitions on French soil. In the 1998 World Cup, the U.S. did not advance out of its group that included Germany. Klinsmann appeared in the match against the USA, scoring in the 2-0 win. The U.S. qualified for the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, falling to Turkey and reigning World Cup champion Brazil before drawing with Cameroon.

MNT IN EUROPA LEAGUE: Several members of the national team are competing in the group phase of the Europa League, and with two games remaining in this stage many are poised to advance. Jermaine Jones and Oguchi Onyewu are on teams in first place in their groups, while Jozy Altidore has netted a pair of goals from four matches played. Get the latest update on the MNT in the Europa League here .

JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is in the midst of his fourth camp in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Below are some of his past accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Klinsmann is the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team program. 
  • Klinsmann’s record as head coach of the Men’s National Team is 1-3-1, with two goals for and four against. 
  • As a player, Klinsmann was one of the game’s premier forwards and enjoyed a 17-year career that included stints in four major European leagues for a number of clubs, including VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich. 
  • One of the most well-known international players of all time, he earned 108 appearances for Germany and scored 47 goals while helping the team win the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and the 1996 European Championship. 
  • Named manager of the German National Team in 2004, he guided Germany to a 20-8-6 record and a third place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, earning him Coach of the Year honors in Germany. 
  • Klinsmann melded young players with proven veterans and emphasized fitness and an aggressive, attacking style of play. Despite stepping aside as Germany’s manager after the World Cup, he left a foundation for ongoing success, including the core of the German National Team coaching staff and players. 
  • In July of 2008, Klinsmann became the head coach of his old club, Bayern Munich, where he aided in the design of a new player development and performance center. Bayern reached the quarterfinal of the Champions League that year, going 25-9-9 in all competitions under Klinsmann.

U-23 MNT IN CAMP NEXT DOOR: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is holding a training camp from Nov. 7-16 at the Sportschule Wedau in Duisburg, Germany, at the same time the full Men’s National Team is in France and Slovenia. The 37-man squad includes full team regular Juan Agudelo. In the absence of U-23 head coach Caleb Porter, the team will be overseen by Claudio Reyna, U-20 head coach Tab Ramos and U-18 head coach Richie Williams. The team is scheduled to play closed-door scrimmages against the VFL Bochum reserves, Azerbaijan U-21 MNT, Bayer Leverkusen U-23 team and Bayer Leverkusen U-19 team. Klinsmann worked with U-23 head coach Caleb Porter and the rest of the coaching staff in order to structure the program in a similar fashion to the full team, including the approach to style of play, training sessions, and fitness testing. “It is very important that we are all on the same page in how we are working with the national teams and that we are all pulling in the same direction, since all roads lead to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “They will have full support from the National Team, and their camps will be run just like ours. In this initial camp they will gather as much information as possible. As this group gets together, it is important for all these players to understand that they have a very unique opportunity.”

VETERANS DAY SALUTE: With the United States observing Veterans Day on Nov. 11 – the holiday in France is called Armistice Day and honors the date of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I – the members of the U.S. National Team wrote an open letter to all those who served in the Armed Forces.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite outshooting their opponents 22-9, the U.S. fell 1-0 to Ecuador on Oct. 11 in the U.S. Men’s first match at Red Bull Arena. A 79th minute goal from Jaime Ayovi proved the difference for Ecuador, who four days earlier began their campaign to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann used 17 players in the match and continued the approach of deploying Timmy Chandler as a left back behind Brek Shea.

NEXT UP – SLOVENIA: Four days after France, the U.S. will play its final match of 2011 when it comes up against Slovenia for the first time since the 2-2 draw in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This is only the second meeting between the nations in international play and the USA’s first visit to Slovenia. Coverage from Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana begins at 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

IN FOCUS: FRANCE
Fédération Française de Football (FRA)
Founded: 1907 (Joined FIFA in 1907)
Head Coach: Laurent Blanc
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Champion (1998)
Best European Championship finish: Champion (1984, 2000)
Caps Leader: Lilian Thuram (142)
Top Scorer: Thierry Henry (51)
Key Players: Eric Abidal, Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri, Franck Ribery

FRANCE UPDATE

  • France secured its place in the 2012 European championship after finishing in first place in Group D one point ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
  • The group’s outcome went down to the final matchday, France needing only a draw against Bosnia at home to advance. Bosnia held the lead into the 78 th minute before Samir Nasri put home a penalty kick that led to a 1-1 draw. 
  • The French are led by former World Cup and European champion Laurent Blanc, who has guided the team to a 15-match unbeaten run and a 10-2-5 overall record since taking the reins following the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • After the match against the United States, Les Bleus will host Belgium on Nov. 15 at the Stade de France.

FRANCE ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
DEFENDERS (7): Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Matthieu Debuchy (Lille), Jérémy Mathieu (Valencia), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Réveillère (Lyon), Mamadou Sakho (PSG)
MIDFIELDERS (6) : Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Marvin Martin, (Sochaux), Samir Nasri (Manchester City)
FORWARDS (6): Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (PSG), Jérémy Ménez (PSG), Loïc Rémy (Marseille), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)

FRANCE ROSTER NOTES

  • Eric Abidal (Barcelona) and Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) have been nominated for the prestigious 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or, which recognizes the world player of the year. 
  • Abidal, Alou Diarra, Florent Malouda and Franck Ribery played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final against Italy. 
  • Fourteen players on the France roster are on teams playing in the Champions League, and four more in the Europa League. 
  • Benzema is the leading goalscorer on the roster with 13 goals in 40 appearances.

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:

Oct. 11, 2011 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, N.J. – International Friendly

USA        0
Ecuador  1   Jaime Ayovi 79

USA : 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo (13-Jonathan Spector, 46), 4-Oguchi Onyewu, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (14-Tim Ream, 72), 3-Timmy Chandler; 6-Kyle Beckerman; 7-Danny Williams (17-Edson Buddle, 65), 8-Maurice Edu (15-Michael Bradley, 46), 11-Brek Shea (16-DaMarcus Beasley, 46); 10-Clint Dempsey, 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Juan Agudelo, 46)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ECU : 1-Maximo Banguera; 2-Eduardo Morante, 3-Fricson Erazo, 18-Gabriel Achilier, 10-Walter Ayovi; 16-Antonio Valencia (13-Cristian Suarez, 63), 8-Edison Mendez (19-Luis Saritama, 69), 14-Segundo Castillo, 9-Jefferson Montero (17-Jaime Ayovi, 60); 11-Christian Benitez (15-Jairo Campos, 90), 7-Michael Arroyo (4-Juan Carlos Paredes, 86)
Subs not used: 6-Michael Quiñonez, 12-Adrian Bone
Head coach: Reinaldo Rueda

On the field for France:
Oct. 11, 2011 – Stade de France – Paris, France – Euro 2012 Qualifying – Group D

France                               1   Samir Nasri 78 pen
Bosnia and Herzegovina   1   Edin Dzeko 40

FRA : 1-Hugo Lloris; 22-Eric Abidal, 3-Patrice Evra, 13-Anthony Reveillere, 4-Adil Rami, 15-Florent Malouda (12-Marvin Martin, 61), 11-Samir Nasri, 6-Yohan Cabaye (20-Kevin Gameiro, 61), 17-Yann M'Vila, 14-Jeremy Menez, 21-Loic Remy (18-Alou Diarra, 82)
Subs not used: 2-Mathieu Debuchy, 5-Younes Kaboul, 7-Djibril Cissé, 16-Steve Mandanda
Head coach: Laurent Blanc

BIH : 1-Kenan Hasagic (12-Asmir Begovic, 46), 13-Mensur Mujdza (21-Darko Maletic, 61), 4-Emir Spahic, 23-Boris Pandza, 3-Sasa Papac, 6-Elvir Rahimic, 10-Zvjezdan Misimovic, 18-Haris Medunjanin (5-Adnan Zahirovic, 71), 8-Miralem Pjanic, 16-Senad Lulic, 11-Edin Dzeko
Subs not used: 9-Zlatan Muslimovic, 17-Senijad Ibricic, 20-Adnan Zahirovic, 21-Darko Maletic
Head coach: Safet Susic

Against France:
Oct. 10, 1979– Parc des Princes – Paris, France– International Friendly

France 3     Michel Platini 5, Roland Wagner 18, Loïc Amisse 23
USA     0

FRA: Dominique Dropsy (Philippe Bergeroo, 46), Gérard Janvion, Léonard Specht (Marius Trésor, 46), Christian Lopez, Maxime Bossis, Alain Moizan, Michel Platini (Jean-François Larios, 42), Dominique Bathenay, Roland Wagner (Patrice Lecornu, 46), Bernard Lacombe, Loïc Amisse

USA: Arnold Mausser (Winston DuBose, 46), Greg Makowski, Ty Keough, Steve Pecher, Doc Lawson, Tony Crudo (Perry van der Beck, 46), Larry Hulcer (Angelo di Bernardo, 46), Ringo Cantillo, Boris Bandov, Greg Villa (Njego Pesa, 46), Mark Liveric (Louie Nanchoff, 71)

 

The son of an American serviceman and a German mother, the dual citizen has excited fans with his decision to represent the United States at the international level. Speedy and adventurous, he has demonstrated versatility by occupying the flank defender role on either the right or left side and remains a bright prospect for the future. With a new contract in hand, Chandler has become an important contributor and regular starter at Nürnberg in the German Bundesliga.
  • Earned Man of the Match honors in the Oct. 11 game against Ecuador
  • Started the last five matches of the year at left back 
  • Made his debut for the U.S. National Team when he came in for the entire second half during the 1-1 draw with Argentina on March 26, 2011
  • Made his debut for Nürnberg on Jan. 15, 2011, and scored his first goal on Feb. 12 against VfB Stuttgart
2012: Played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar, his only appearance for the U.S. in 2012 ... 2011: Started seven of his eight games for the U.S. … Earned Man of the Match honors for his performance against Ecuador on Oct. 11 … Played the full 90 minutes for the first time when the U.S. faced Costa Rica on Sept. 2 … First Appearance: March 26, 2011, vs. Argentina … First Goal: None.

 

2012: Continued to cement his place in the Nürnberg defense, starting every game in the first half of the season ... Scored his side's lone goal in teh 4-1 loss to Hannover on Sept. 26 ... 2011: Went the distance in 17 of the 18 Nürnberg games in all competitions in which he featured … Registered an assist on his side’s only goal in the 2-1 loss against Wolfsburg … 2010-11: Signed a new two-and-a-half year contract in March 2011 … Played the first half of the season with the reserve team before making his senior debut on Jan. 15, 2011 … Joined FC Nürnberg from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2010.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, to an African-American father and German mother … Spent three years living in New York as a child … Represented Germany at the U-15 level.
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