CHANDLER ON THE FENCE?
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Former USMNT right back Tony Sanneh has stirred the pot, claiming that Timothy Chandler may leave the USMNT to represent Germany.

Via his twitter, Sanneh said that German national team coach Joachim Loew was going to visit Chandler in Nurnberg and that Chandler said it would be tough to turn down Germany.

This news will certainly come as a disappointment to US fans who have become excited about the prospect of the German-born Chandler becoming a cornerstone of the US team. Chandler has had a breakout 2011 where he has emerged as a rising Bundesliga star.

This latest uncertainty comes after Chandler has made to YA on three separate occasions that he had zero interest in playing for Germany and has only wanted to play for the United States.

There is no reason to doubt Sanneh's reliability either. Sanneh is very connected at FC Nurnberg where he played from 2001-2004.

Will Chandler join the likes of Giuseppe Rossi, Neven Subotic, and Michael Hoyos as the latest disappointment? Perhaps. It may be a little too early to say that just yet but today's news is certainly not good.

If Chandler does indeed go onto play for Germany, it will be even more difficult for US fans to accept. Unlike Rossi, Subotic, and Hoyos, Chandler has actually played for the US national team. Ever since he made his Bundesliga debut, he has been invited by either Bob Bradley or Jurgen Klinsmann to every US national team camp.

When Chandler turned down the Gold Cup invite because of fatigue, the US lost the ability to cap-tie him until the summer of 2012.

Either way, this situation should resolve itself quickly. The US national team has games on October 8 and 11. Germany has already qualified for the 2012 European Championships but still has qualifiers on October 7 and 11. If Chandler plays in those games for Germany, he will be cap-tied.

Klinsmann is still a powerful figure in Germany. Perhaps he can persuade Chandler to stay with the United States.

It'll be about two weeks until the USA and Germany announce their rosters for October. We will likely know Chandler's future then.
MATT
Wednesday September 14, 2011 10:07 pm
When Saturday comes I cheer for the USA whomever is on the field!! If they don't want to be with the US team...somebody else surely does!! With the 26 million people playing soccer in the USA...I am sure we can find a few replacements....Cherundelo still has a few good years left in him....Hope Chandler stays but....honestly doesnt change my feelings if he stays or goes!
MFrench
Wednesday September 14, 2011 10:05 pm
We want footballers that have passion to be US players. I could
care less if this guy wants to go. He should be pursuing us, not
the other way 'round.
ilya
Wednesday September 14, 2011 9:14 pm
It's absolutely up to him. The guy does not have any real links with USA, even much less than Jones. He’s never saw his American dad, and probably other relatives.
Anyway, it's a bigger loss for the Olympic team (I doubt he will play qualifiers anyway) than for the National. Chandler is not Cherundulo level so far, and his play as a LFB was not good enough (but better than Castillo or JB).

I also would like to know who will be the Olympic coach. We had very good team in 2008 (except Orozko) and could have even better in 2012: Altidore, Agudelo, Adu, Bunbury, Shea, Hamid, you name it.
Julian Ybarra
Wednesday September 14, 2011 8:52 pm
What the hell, Sanneh? If you know something like that, go to Klingsmann or keep it to yourself.

That being said, I agree with most of what is being said. If he really does want to play for Germany, let him. Whether you play for Spain or the Faroe Islands you should be proud to wear your country's shirt.

Here's hoping to Chandler playing for Germany in a qualifyer and then him not making the Euro or WC squads. Go yanks.
Edimon
Wednesday September 14, 2011 6:31 pm
Does not help to convince him. If he does not want to play for the U.S., no way. It does not help a good player unmotivated, it is better to go.
Carlos
Wednesday September 14, 2011 5:41 pm
This should be pretty interesting. It would definitely be a blow to the US team. Fabian Johnson is out for a month also. Klinnsmann will do what it takes to convince him if necessary
Bob
Wednesday September 14, 2011 5:31 pm
After the last game he was in and the way he played why should we care?
ICEMANofALFRED
Wednesday September 14, 2011 5:15 pm
Well to begin with... none of this has come out of HIS mouth... so it's premature to start condemning the guy, if it happens that would be a real shame as he has shown he can play a position that we do NOT really have many of...and that is quality flank players, we have several defensive midfielders and goalkeepers, but beyond that we are untested.

I would think he is still a candidate to play on the u-23/OLYMPIC side as well and speaking of that... when will we get some word on just who the coaching staff for THAT team will be announced? The side will need to be playing Qualifiers within six month or so and it would really be nice to know, say just which coach will be selecting these guys and what his relationship to Jurgen and the senior side is? This is the sort of thing that if we had a more active Soccer Press would already be a story and would be one of those questions being asked of Klinsmann and or Gulati and Flynn...
so in the general absence of anyone willing to do this... I'M ASKING ... WHAT'S UP WITH NO WORD ON THE OLYMPIC COACHING STAFF???
(ICE)
Jamooky
Wednesday September 14, 2011 5:01 pm
The kid can do whatever he wants. I want players who want to play for the US - not who need to be convinced.
Big Lou
Wednesday September 14, 2011 4:35 pm
That sucks!!
I was really looking forward for Chandler to be part of the new generation but if it’s not in his heart to represent and “fight“ for the USA then good riddance!!
Replace him with someone that has the SoccerBalls to represent the USMNT.
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