Timothy Chandler set to re-join US National Team
Nurenburg defender Timothy Chandler has again reversed course on his future in the international game. After declining a chance to join the U.S. team for friendly matches and World Cup qualifiers earlier this year to ponder his international future, Chandler has accepted a call-up to the squad for the USA’s trip to Russia, according to his club’s web site (translated and re-reported by Soccer By Ives).
The German-born defender was considered a prospect for Germany’s national team, but has played eight times for the United States thanks to his lineage – his father was American. However, none of Chandler’s appearances have bonded him to the United States since he never appeared in an official FIFA competition. As such, Chandler can still play for Germany if he so chooses.
An appearance against Russia will not solve that – it’s just a friendly – but it does serve as an indication that Chandler is ready to commit to the USA. Chandler’s first chance to make his status permanent will be the USA’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Febrauary 3rd.