KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 10, 2015
USA defender Timothy Chandler is back with Eintracht Frankfurt, but his coach is not thrilled about the timing of his return.
Like some of Chandler's other U.S. teammates who are signed with European teams, the 25-year-old is making a late return as he was part of the roster that played in this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, Frankfurt head coach Armin Veh believes he should reconsider his commitments to the U.S. national team, telling reporters on Wednesday that Chandler "would have to wait in line" for his chance to make his return to the starting lineup.
Veh, who is starting his second stint with the Eagles, believes that the Frankfurt native's travels with the U.S. during the summer will hurt his career at club level.
"I understand that he wants to play there. But it doesn't help me and Eintracht. He needs to ask himself what he wants," Veh told German tabloid Bild.
Veh would go to admit that he did not like Chandler being called up by U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Chandler, who had just returned to the team on Thursday, was quick to respond to the coaches comments by telling reporters he would not call time on his international career, adding that he would fight for his place in the Frankfurt starting lineup.
And if Veh was expecting Chandler to be upset with his comments, the right back did not take the bait.
"I can understand it. The others have trained for six weeks. But when the coach needs me, I will be there," he said.
Chandler's situation comes as no surprise as many U.S. players who have plied their trade in Europe in the past have gone through the same problems with their coaches. Many may remember in the mid to late 90s how many European based Americans would make the trek stateside to play for the U.S. team only for them to be left out their club teams on their return.
While Veh's opinion is a rather hollow one, it does bring to question again whether some coaches in Europe hold American players to a different standard compared with their counterparts from South America, Africa and Asia. A good example would be the returns of players such as Neymar, Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and few others to their respective teams after playing in the Copa America.
If any of these players were signed to Frankfurt, would Veh be making the same complaints to the media about their late arrivals? Most likely it would be no because he would be speaking highly of how they are indispensable to the team.
Despite criticism of Chandler's own commitment to the national team by fans, Veh's comments are a bit harsh as U.S. Soccer like any other federation in the world has the right to call up whoever they want. Or maybe it is just sour grapes coming from the 54-year-old whose own career petered out after an injury.