Last week, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced the roster for his fourth and fifth games at the helm of the American team, and once again he tapped the well of German-born players with American connections, calling Hoffenheim defender/midfielder Danny Williams.
Williams, 22, was born in Karlsruhe, Germany to an American serviceman father and a German mother. He is an American citizen, and though he only acquired his U.S. passport after getting the call from Klinsmann, he told Yanks Abroad recently that he is extremely fired up to play for the U.S., a feeling that intensified during his first visit to these shores this past summer:
“When I went to the States, it became my dream to play for the United States. I really felt connected to this country. When I was in Miami, everyone thought I was American because of the way I looked and acted. In Germany, the people see me as a foreigner. Everyone knew that one of my parents [came] from another country. But I feel so connected to the United States after being there and I’m honored to play for them.”
Williams transferred from Freiburg to Hoffenheim in August and has been getting regular playing time this season. He got his first start last Saturday, against none other than top-of-the-table Bayern Munich, and went 69 minutes, getting good reviews afterward.
Williams joins teammate Fabian Johnson and Nuremberg defender/midfielder Timmy Chandler as German-born players recently called into the U.S. team.
Here is the rest of Klinsmann’s roster for the Oct 8 and Oct 11 matches against Honduras and Ecuador (Landon Donovan withdrew with a quadriceps strain and was replaced by Edson Buddle):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City)
Here’s a starting XI we’d like to see:
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