US World Cup ros­ter has

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Timmy Chan­dler says the melt­ing pot of the U.S. soc­cer team speaks the same lan­guage.

“We un­der­stand ev­ery­thing good: English, Ger­man, Mex­i­can, Chi­nese,” the de­fender ex­plained. But, ja, Ger­man is a plus on this year’s Amer­i­can World Cup team. Chan­dler is among five Ger­man-Amer­i­cans on the 23-man ros­ter, the sons of Amer­i­can ser­vice­men and Ger­man moth­ers. A sixth was among the fi­nal cuts, and an­other three mem­bers of the player pool weren’t even in­vited to the 30-man train­ing camp last month in Cal­i­for­nia.

All speak de­cent English, some more ac­cented than oth­ers. Thomas Doo­ley said that puts them far ahead of where he was when he joined the U.S. team in 1992, 5 1/2 weeks af­ter pick­ing up his U.S. pass­port. The tall de­fender started all four Amer­i­can games at the 1994 World Cup and was cap­tain in 1998.

“I had no con­nec­tion to the U.S. at all, and that’s what made it the most dif­fi­cult part for me, to com­mu­ni­cate with the group,” said Doo­ley, who re­tired to La­guna Niguel, Cal­i­for­nia, and is now coach of the na­tional team of the Philip­pines.

Right back Fabian John­son and mid­fielder Jer­maine Jones, bar­ring in­juries, are sure to start against Ghana in the Amer­i­cans’ World Cup opener Mon­day. Chan­dler is com­pet­ing with DaMar­cus Beasley for the left back spot, while John Brooks is a backup cen­tral de­fender, and 19-year-old Ju­lian Green a re­serve winger.

All are look­ing for­ward to the Amer­i­cans’ first-round fi­nale on June 26 against — of course — Ger­many.

Dur­ing the U.S. por­tion of the train­ing camp, none of the Ger­man-Amer­i­cans roomed to­gether. An ef­fort was made to avoid cliques.

In Brazil, it’s not an is­sue. For the first time in the U.S. pro­gram, all play­ers get sin­gle rooms.

“We talk Ger­man some­times, but we have re­spect for the guys who don’t talk Ger­man,” Jones said. “So if we see that some­body is there with us that doesn’t un­der­stand the Ger­man lan­guage, then we talk 100 per­cent English.”

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