U.S. Men's National Team

According to Nuremberg, Chandler set for USMNT return

After turning down repeated call-ups over the course of the past two years, Timmy Chandler appears ready to return to the U.S. men’s national team.

According to Chandler’s club, Nuremberg, Chandler has been called in for the U.S. team’s upcoming friendly against Russia on Wednesday.

Chandler told SBI last month that he was open to a return, and U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed just last week that he was in regular communication with Chandler about a return.

Having Chandler back in the fold would be a major addition for the USMNT. He looks like the best-equipped successor to Steve Cherundolo at right back, and has also shown an ability to play left back very well. His speed on the flanks would be a welcome addition, and could be a major weapon in Klinsmann’s preferred 4-3-3 system.

It should be noted that Chandler is still not cap-tied to the United States, and appearing in Wednesday’s friendly vs. Russia would not cap-tie him either. Chandler remains eligible to play for the German national team. His next opportunity to be cap-tied will be on Feb. 6th, when the U.S. faces Honduras in World Cup qualifying.

What do you think of this development? Happy to see him coming back? Still upset with him for his past snubs? Not buying a thing until he’s cap-tied?

Share your thoughts below.

  • toby

    Take him back with open arms!! Now we only need 2 center backs. Please find someone quickly. Give John Anthony Brooks a look and anyone else….


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