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.
Wednesday September 14, 2011 3:33 pm
this story is false....100 percent..... Loew is not in Nurnberg
Coach Kev
Wednesday September 14, 2011 3:28 pm
Fabian had to make the one time switch (i believe) but Chandler does not.
Wednesday September 14, 2011 3:24 pm

I read or heard somewhere that Fabian had filed already.
Wednesday September 14, 2011 3:17 pm
He doesn't even speak English, never lived in the U.S.He's eligible by a technicality, let him play for Germany or not. He only played for the U.S.because he couldn't make the German team. It's like Frimpong whose parents left Ghana when the kid was 9,he's a resident of England, he owes his development to England so he should play for England. If you have a grandparent whose from a certain country you're eligible to play for that country. Ridiculous.
Wednesday September 14, 2011 3:09 pm
these overpaid transients, like parasites and mercenaries have no fidelity to anyone, in this case Germany or the USA, let him play for Germany and see if he can even make the bench also didn't he come here complaining about his treatment with German under fifteen teams.
Wednesday September 14, 2011 2:46 pm
We can produce defenders. Lichaj could come back to his preferred side and we have other young defenders coming up (Daniel Williams in Germany is one of them). Rossi and Hoyos were much bigger losses because of their positions and what we lack as a National Team. If he doesn't want to wear the Red, White & Blue then we will find someone who does.
Wednesday September 14, 2011 2:30 pm
Brian, is Fabian Johnson only able to play for the USMNT now that he has filed his 1 time switch?
Wednesday September 14, 2011 2:25 pm
Did he have to file his 1 time switch to play for the USMNT?
Coach Kev
Wednesday September 14, 2011 2:23 pm
good point Adam
Coach Kev
Wednesday September 14, 2011 2:18 pm
I just don't think he is high enough in the pecking order at RB to play for Germany right now. He has three or four ahead of him, including Lahm who is only 27. Germany have way too many young, near world class defenders they are trying to get in regular time. This is all much ado about nothing.
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