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.