Tim Howard was somehow able to do it. And, who could say no to a power like Nurnberg? After all, the World Cup is nice, but Nurnberg - shit - we need to thank those guys. I hear he also still calls his kindergarten teacher regularly for giving him his first opportunity to learn the A-B-Cs!
In the end, I think Klinsmann has it right. Talk to the kid. Invite him. Don't hold your breath.
he could sack up and deal with the travel for one game, right? The fact that he hasn't probably means something.
Until then, I file him along with other guys who just don't care that much about international play, and I say that the approach should be the same as Bruce Arena's with Joe Red (i.e. we aren't going to chase someone who says he doesn't want to be here).
I wouldn't necessarily give him a free pass back into the side, either. It would depend on timing. At this stage, he shouldn't just walk into the World Cup side. He needs to pay a certain amount of dues in qualifying—I'd say I'd want him available for the entire hex before I'd be willing to take him to Brazil. (Yes, there may be other players who end up joining the team in Brazil who didn't start until after the start of the hex. But their reason would be interest on our side, not availability on theirs. Yes, I'm probably being stupidly petty about it.)