It looks like Timmy Chandler is about to leave U.S. Soccer and Jurgen Klinsmann at the altar for his native Germany. The Germerican defender turned down Klinsmann’s invitation to join the U.S. squad for the countries upcoming friendlies and significantly, World Cup Qualifyiers. Having not yet played in an officialy sanctioned FIFA match, Chandler would be bound to the United States team if he were to appear in the upcoming qualifyiers.
This afternoon Klinsmann announced the first 16 players on the roster that will convene for camp before playing three friendlies and World Cup Qualifyiers versus Antigua and Barbuda, and Guatemala.
In a statement the U.S. national team coach said that Chandler preferred to rest, rather than join the squad. Klinsmann noted that the door remained open for Chandler, although he added that each player must decide what is best for himself.
Chandler debuted for the American’s in March of last year playing the second half against Argentina. The Nuremberg defender’s international debut came soon after his January bow for Nuremberg, and he impressed from the start. After a switch from his natural right fullback position Chandler looked like he might be the long term solution for the U.S. at left fullback, a traditional problem spot.
Warning bells were sounded about Chandler’s intentions when he skipped last summer’s Gold Cup, a FIFA sanctioned event. Nuremberg took the heat and Chandler claimed injury.
Neither Chandler or German soccer officials have made any statement thus far, so it remains possible that he may yet suit up for the Yanks. Although skipping these games would certainly show a lack of interest on Chandler’s part.
If in fact Chandler does throw U.S.Soccer over then maybe we will be better off with a player who doesn’t view the United States national team as his back up plan.