USMNT Watch: Bradley Makes Swansea Debut, Chandler Impresses Against Bayern

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistOctober 16, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Swansea City manager Bob Bradley gives instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on October 15, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The majority of the American attention in foreign leagues over the last week was focused on Swansea City as Bob Bradley prepared for his first game as a manager in the Premier League. 

While everyone was busy watching the Swans on Saturday morning, a few American players fighting for spots on the United States men's national team roster impressed across Europe. 

One player in particular, Timothy Chandler, may not be the most popular in the eyes of the American public, but he may be what the Yanks need against Mexico if he keeps up his form. 

Continue reading below for news on Bradley, Chandler and the rest of the Americans abroad in our weekly USMNT Watch.


Bob Bradley's Swansea Debut Ends in Defeat 

After more than a week on the job, Bradley made his managerial debut for Swansea City on Saturday against Arsenal

The former USMNT boss, whose hiring has been met with criticism from some, led the Swans to a spirited 3-2 loss at the Emirates Stadium to Arsene Wenger's Gunners. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Bob Bradley, Manager of Swansea City  looks on prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on October 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
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Although the Swans showed plenty of promise, they still didn't get a point out of the road trip to north London and remained in 19th place in the Premier League.

Bradley has plenty of work to do to keep the Swans in the Premier League this season, but he's used to facing pressure-packed situations.

Swansea's next chance to win their first game under Bradley comes on Saturday at home against Watford


Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj Score in Championship

Danny Williams and Eric Lichaj both found the back of the net this weekend in the Championship.

Williams, who came on as a substitute on Tuesday against New Zealand, netted an equalizer for Reading in the 21st minute of their clash against Queens Park Rangers

Williams has been hovering around the fringe of the USMNT roster for quite some time. In order to solidify a spot on the roster for the first two matches of the Hexagonal round, Williams must turn in a string of solid performances for the Royals. 

Lichaj scored on Friday in Nottingham Forest's 3-1 win over Birmingham City. Lichaj is on the outside looking in still, but with the depth at full-back not strong, he could find himself on a roster soon if he shines in the eyes of USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. 

Tim Ream was a part of a Fulham side that broke a seven-game winless run in all competitions on Saturday. The former New York Red Bulls man played 90 minutes in the Cottagers' 4-2 win over Barnsley

DeAndre Yedlin played just 17 minutes off the bench for Newcastle United in their 3-1 victory over Brentford. Playing time isn't a concern yet for Yedlin, but it could end up being one if he remains on the bench at Newcastle. 

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: DeAndre Yedlin of Newcastle United during the EFL Cup third round match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James' Park on September 20, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ia
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Up in the Premier League, Geoff Cameron started at defensive midfield for Stoke City. Cameron's positioning will be something worth watching over the next few weeks. 

There is a possibility the first-choice USMNT centre-back could slide up into midfield to provide cover for Michael Bradley and Sacha Kljestan in the games against Mexico and Costa Rica. 

Lynden Gooch, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Emerson Hyndman all did not see playing time in the Premier League this weekend. 


Timothy Chandler Impresses in Germany

The player the USMNT fanbase loves to hate may be making a return to the 23-man roster in November if he continues to play well.

Timothy Chandler was a force at right-back for Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in their 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich. 

Chandler, who could potentially challenge Yedlin for the USMNT starting right-back role, contributed an assist from open space on Marco Fabian's 78th-minute equalizer, via Fox Soccer: 

The 26-year-old is a curious case for Klinsmann to break down since he hasn't had the most success when he's been thrown into the first-team defense on the international level. 

But regardless of his past shortcomings with the Yanks, Chandler is deserving of a call-up at the moment based on his recent form. 

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Fabian Johnson started and played 87 minutes for an unlucky Borussia Monchengladbach side that missed a pair of penalties against Hamburg on Saturday.

Gelsenkirchen, Germany 02.10.2016, 1.Bundesliga 6. Spieltag, FC Schalke 04 - Borussia Moenchengladbach, 4:0,  Fabian Johnson (Moenchengladbach)   (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Bobby Wood, who is in contention for one of the starting forward spots against Mexico, came off the bench for a 16-minute cameo for Hamburg.

Alfredo Morales came in for the final 16 minutes of Ingolstadt's 2-1 loss to FC Koln, and Aron Johannsson was an unused sub for Werder Bremen


Matt Miazga Makes First Start at Vitesse Arnhem 

Matt Miazga made his first 90-minute appearance for Chelsea feeder club Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday. 

Miazga and the Vitesse back line conceded on two occasions in the team's draw with AZ Alkmaar

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21:  Matt Miazga of Chelsea after the Emirates FA Cup match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on February 21, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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The start is a good sign for the 21-year-old, who made three substitute appearances in the Netherlands before Saturday. 

The goal for Miazga at the moment should be earning more playing time and impressing his bosses back at Chelsea. If he is able to do that, he'll have a spot on the USMNT 23-man squad soon enough. 


News and Notes: Perry Kitchen, Omar Gonzalez Keep Starting Spots

Newly minted Hearts captain Perry Kitchen played the full 90 in the club's 2-0 win over Dundee on Saturday. Based off the last round of call-ups, Kitchen will continue to receive chances from Klinsmann as long as he's on the field in Scotland.

Fresh off a start against New Zealand on Tuesday, Omar Gonzalez played the first 66 minutes of Club Pachuca's 3-0 win over Santos Laguna in Liga MX. Gonzalez is another player to watch as the deadline for the Hex roster creeps closer. The former LA Galaxy man is right on the fringe of the squad due to the depth at centre-back. 

Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Orozco and Jose Torres all started for their respective sides in Mexico on Saturday, while Paul Arriola was a late substitute for Club Tijuana


Joe Tansey covers U.S. Soccer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter, @JTansey90


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