EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – US veteran Steve Cherundolo was expected to man the right back position against Brazil on Tuesday night, but a groin injury forced manager Bob Bradley to make him a late scratch.
“The preseason has gone slowly for Steve,” Bradley said. “We could have used him, but after training yesterday, we had a discussion that he’d be best served if we could hold him out.”
Cherundolo says he played in a match for his Bundesliga club team, Hannover 96, on Friday and he came out of the match just fine. But over the weekend, his left groin began acting up.
“It’s just a nagging injury that isn’t going away,” Cherundolo said. “Sometimes these injuries flare up at the wrong moments and that’s kind of what happened.”
He still has time. The Bundesliga season kicks off Aug. 21 for Hannover and Cherundolo has already been named captain for the upcoming season. The San Diego native says the team is looking forward to a season which does not see Hannover sucked into another relegation battle.
The club is incorporating several new elements for the upcoming campaign and it is still in the midst of working on identifying a starting XI. The expectations are not high.
“It’s a brand new team,” he said. “But it’s not going to be a season where we’re going to be playing for UEFA Cup or anything like that. It’s going to be another long year, but I think the team has enough quality and we’ll stick it out.”