Timothy Chandler, a 20-year-old defender for FC Nuremberg, and David Yelldell, a 29-year-old goalkeeper for MSV Duisburg, were among the 24 players U.S. coach Bob Bradley called into camp for upcoming friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay.
Chandler broke into the Nuremberg first team this winter and scored his first professional goal in February against Stuttgart. Yelldell, who once backed up Brad Friedel at Blackburn, is having the best season of his career, with 11 shutouts so far for Duisberg (extra points if you know the correct, and humorous, pronunciation of that name).
Both players were born in Germany, Chandler to a German mother and U.S.-serviceman father. Yelldell holds dual citizenship.
Also getting his first call-up is Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread, who’s had an injury-marred career since representing the U.S. at the 2003 U-20 World Cup. Whitbread, who was born in Houston and grew up in Singapore, where his father was coach of the national team, started his career in Liverpool’s youth system. He played at Millwall for five years before joining Norwich City in 2010.
Bradley’s roster is being called veteran-heavy, and there are many South Africa 2010 vets in the group, but in addition to the newbies mentioned above, there are also a handful of relatively new faces, including Red Bull youngsters Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream, Norwegian-born Mikkel Diskerud, and Jermaine Jones. Former Chivas USA and current Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan was also called back into the mix for the first time since last winter.
GOALKEEPERS: Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves), Tim Howard (Everton), David Yelldell (Duisburg)
DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres), Timothy Chandler (Nuremberg), 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: 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: Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)
The U.S. plays Argentina on March 26 at the New Meadowlands Stadium, then meets Paraguay on March 29 at Nashville’s LP Field.