Chandler to miss Mexico game, replaced by Loyd

Timmy Chandler will miss the U.S. game against Mexico next week

with a knee injury, and Dallas defender Zach Loyd is taking his

spot on the soccer roster.

Chandler was impressive in his U.S. debut in March against

Argentina, and Juergen Klinsmann included the German-born defender

on the roster for his first game as U.S. coach. But Nuremberg coach

Dieter Hecking said Thursday that Chandler had twisted his knee

during training, and was questionable for the team’s Bundesliga

opener against Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Loyd has played in 21 games this season, scoring once and adding

two assists. His only appearance for the U.S. was Jan. 22 against

Chile, when he started and played 72 minutes in a 1-1 draw.

The U.S. plays Mexico on Wednesday in Philadelphia.