Report: Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams in for USMNT against Bosnia, Timothy Chandler out
The US national team roster for Wednesday’s international friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina continued to fill out with players based in Europe on Sunday, with the apparent inclusion of left back/midfielder Fabian Johnson and midfielder Danny Williams.
Williams sent out a photo of himself and Johnson in limbo at the airport on the way to Sarajevo on Sunday with the caption, “waiting with my old #teammate @fjohnny at the airport for our flight to sarajewo!”
The move to call in Johnson comes as little surprise after his solid performances during World Cup qualifiers early this year, but it’s a long-awaited return to the fold for Williams, who has not played for the US team since joining Reading earlier this summer.
Williams has not suited up for the Americans since their ill-fated Hexagonal opener in February, when they fell to Honduras 2-1 in San Pedro Sula.
There’s some doubt about the potential inclusion this week of Nuremberg right back Timothy Chandler, meanwhile, who also has not played for the US squad since the loss in Honduras. This news release in German lists the Nuremberg players expected to miss club action for international duty this week, and the 23-year-old Chandler is not among those designated for assignment.
Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey is expected to miss the match while still acclimating with his new club, but Sounders regulars Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson are reportedly expected to play. AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Jóhannsson – who scored a goal from the penalty spot in the team’s 3-2 win over Ajax on Sunday – is also expected to participate, as is Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks.
A spokesman for U.S. Soccer declined to comment to MLSsoccer.com for this report. The full roster is expected to be released on Monday.