Real Salt Lake: Beckerman, Beltran left off U.S. Men's National Team world cup qualifying roster

Published: Monday, Feb. 4 2013 2:30 p.m. MST

CHICAGO — Real Salt Lake players Kyle Beckerman and Tony Beltran were not among 24 players selected for the United States' World Cup qualifier at Honduras on Wednesday.

They were among seven players selected from Major League Soccer who appeared in last week's 0-0 exhibition draw against Canada.

Intriguingly, defender Timmy Chandler was named to the squad and is set to make his competitive debut for the Americans.

Chandler, eligible to play for the U.S. and Germany, made his American national team debut in March 2011 against Argentina and played in eight games that year, but all were exhibitions. He was not included in the CONCACAF Gold Cup roster by then-coach Bob Bradley, who said he wanted to give Chandler time off following his first season as a regular in the Bundesliga.

Chandler turned down U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann's invitation for the U.S. training camp last May ahead of the opening qualifiers of the semifinal round, then returned for the Nov. 14 exhibition at Russia and said he was fully committed to the U.S. team.

If he appears for the U.S. in a competitive match, he would be unable to play for Germany.

Klinsmann did not consider Landon Donovan, who said after last year's MLS Cup final that he was uncertain he wanted to keep playing. Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said last month he expects Donovan to play at some point this year.

The game is the first of 10 in the final round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The top three nations in the six-team group qualify for next year's tournament in Brazil, and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff for another berth, likely against New Zealand.

MORALES SURGERY SUCCESSFUL: Real Salt Lake MF Javier Morales underwent successful surgery to clean up a lateral meniscal tear in his right knee on Monday in Salt Lake City. The meniscectomy was performed by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Cooper at Salt Lake Regional Hospital and Medical Center near downtown Salt Lake City.

"Happy to report that this was a straight-forward procedure, Javier has a good knee," Cooper said Monday evening, following the procedure. "Very similar to the injury he suffered in MLS Cup 2009 on his left knee. The surgery was uncomplicated and we can expect Javi back on the field doing soccer-specific stuff in about 4-6 weeks."

Morales initially suffered the injury during Real Salt Lake's 0-2 loss to the Danish U-20 national team on Jan. 28 in Casa Grande, Ariz. Following an MRI after several days of intermittent pain, the tear was revealed, Morales flew home from the team's ongoing camp in Irvine, Calif., and underwent Monday's procedure.

Morales — who famously suffered a horrific ankle dislocation and lower leg fracture in May 2011 — bounced back last year to have a solid campaign in 2012, leading RSL with nine assists and tying for fourth on the team with three goals in 29 league appearances. Out of contract at the end of last season, the 33-year-old Argentine re-signed with the Claret-and-Cobalt on Jan. 18 of this year. He enters 2013 as the club's all-time leader in assists (44), ranks fourth in goals (20) and seventh overall in league appearances (127) and MLS minutes played (10,023).

The U.S. roster:

Goalkeepeers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England, Sean Johnson (Chicago)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Kansas City), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander, Spain), Geoff Cameron (Stoke, England), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana, Mexico), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg, Germany), Brad Evans (Seattle), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim, Germany), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg, Germany)

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