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Williams made his second straight start since gaining an American passport last month and Chandler, a fellow German-American, has become the starter at left back. Fabian Johnson, who switched allegiance to the U.S. after starting for Germany in the 2009 European Under-21 final, is expected to make his debut after recovering from a neck injury.

When Landon Donovan (quadriceps) and Jose Torres (foot surgery) return from injuries, there will be heightened competition for midfield spots. And that doesn’t even include Stuart Holden, out until spring following his second knee surgery this year.

Already, Michael Bradley has been benched in favor of Williams, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea and Kyle Beckerman. Jermaine Jones and Ricardo Clark weren’t invited to the latest camp.

“That fight, midfield, will really heat up,” Klinsmann said. “So we get some interesting situations, and for me as a coach, very good options.”

Players headed back to their clubs, but the national team will reform for two games in Europe from Nov. 11-15. One is likely to be at France, which qualified for the European Championship on Tuesday and no longer needs the dates next month for a playoff. The other could be in Eastern Europe.

“Everyone still wants to see wins,” Gulati said.

But for now, scores aren’t the priority.

“The first few results haven’t been great,” captain Carlos Bocanegra said. “It’s just frustrating, but we’re moving in the right direction.”