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Gonzalez replaces Bocanegra for US World Cup qualifier; Chandler makes competitive debut

Omar Gonzalez replaced captain Carlos Bocanegra in central defense for the United States' World Cup qualifier at Honduras, and Timmy Chandler was in the starting lineup to play right back in his competitive debut for the Americans.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard was the captain for Wednesday's game in San Pedro Sula as the Americans opened the final round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean. Chandler, who had been eligible to play for Germany or the U.S., took over on the right from Steve Cherundolo, sidelined by a knee injury.

Gonzalez returned to the national team last week following a two-year absence and was paired with Cameron in the center of the backline. Fabian Johnson was on the left.

Danny Williams, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley and Eddie Johnson were in a four-man midfield, and Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore were at forward.