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Timothy Chandler’s World Cup opportunity now even bigger

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Wednesday was always going to be a big day for German-American defender Timmy Chandler, the promising dual-passport holder whose U.S. Soccer tale got all pretzel twisted (not to mention occasionally exasperating) over the last two years.

He’s in. He’s out. He may be back in. He needs rest. Not really. But possibly … Who really knows?

The U.S. qualifier this week in Honduras was to be Chandler’s opportunity to bind himself to the United States soccer cause once and for all.

Now the moment is even bigger, like opportunity on steroids.

That’s due to Steve Cherundolo’s injury. With the longtime incumbent at right back injured, Chandler looks like the top choice to start along the outside in Wednesday’s match at Honduras.

(MORE: Early roster reactions for U.S.-Honduras selections)

What Klinsmann said Monday during a lunchtime national teleconference from Miami, where the team trained ahead of an evening departure into Honduras:

It is a huge opportunity for Timmy. I think it was simply just maturing, growing into his role as a full-time professional. Sometimes, maybe they are there at [age] 18 or 19, and sometimes it takes a couple of years longer. That’s why we have been and are, very patient with Timmy as he matures. For us as coaches, it’s the jobs to understand where player are … and then to help them get to the next level.”

Klinsmann said he hated to see Cherundolo injured and miss his chance at another final round qualifying cap. On the other hand, Klinsmann said he is “thrilled” that Chandler gets set up with such an opportunity.

“Of course, he still has a lot to to improve on, he still has a way to go, which is right,” Klinsmann said. “Because right now he is only 23 years of age.”

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Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.