Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 3/18/13

CARSON, CA - JUNE 15: Captain Carlos Bocanegra #3 of the USA looks on prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Barbados at the Home Depot Center on June 15, 2008 in Carson, California. USA defeated Barbados 8-0. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra was dropped Monday from the roster for World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico, and Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams will miss the matches because of injuries and illness. The 33-year-old Bocanegra, the American captain since 2007, has lost his starting job with Racing Santander in Spain's second division and has not appeared in a game since Feb. 2. He was on the U.S. roster for the opener in the final round of qualifying, a 2-1 loss at Honduras on Feb. 6 but did not play. With Bocanegra dropped after 110 international appearances and goalkeeper Tim Howard injured, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones become the leading candidates to take over as captain. Eight players are missing from the 23-man roster: Edgar Castillo (triple facial fracture March 2), Timmy Chandler (injured hamstring Saturday), Steve Cherundolo (knee surgery Feb. 6), Howard (broke two bones in back on Feb. 26), Fabian Johnson (sidelined by hip injury since...
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