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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.
JaLa
Saturday September 17, 2011 1:14 pm
I agree w Josh. He's been better than EVERY other option. Wow, a bad game. Obviously, we all love the Nats or we wouldn't read this. The whole "Love it or Leave It" crap that happens after every one of these player defections is a joke. I bet you all cheered for Tom Dooley and David Regis. That being said, it's sad our pool is this shallow.
Mike E
Saturday September 17, 2011 9:20 am
I'm inclined to think that Tony Sanneh would like to see Klinsmann show up in person to get Chandler.
mbw
Friday September 16, 2011 4:47 pm
It is not true that Chandler doesn't speak English. He has said that he's taking English lessons once a week in Germany (partly so that he can better communicate with his USMNT teammates), and he speaks English well enough to do a post-match interview without a translator, as after the Costa Rica game. It is also not true that Chandler has no connection to the United States. He's an American citizen. None of us know what Chandler's emotional or intellectual attachment to the United States is.

I'm also not convinced that Loew wouldn't like to get his hands on Chandler -- who's a very good young player and isn't done developing.

As of now, this is a he-said, she-said situation: Sanneh has his story, Loew's press rep has his. As it seems odd to me that Loew would try to poach a player from Klinsmann, I'm inclined to write it off. But it will be interesting to learn why Sanneh blurted out what he did / when he did.
Hoppy in ATL
Thursday September 15, 2011 9:01 pm
I will give Chandler the benefit of the doubt for now.... He gave his word that he wished to represent the USMNT and assured us that he has no desire to represent Germany...

If Chandler snubs the US in favor of Germany, in my mind, that would be FAR worse than what Rossi did, as at least Rossi was honest about his intentions to play for Italy....

If this turns out to be true, and Chandler even ENTERTAINS the idea of playing for Germany, I will view him as a liar and total scum.... But like I said, until I hear it directly from Tim Chandler himself, I will give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is a man of his word.
Josh
Thursday September 15, 2011 4:36 pm
Alot of you are very fickle, he's had 1 "bad" performance (while playing out of position) and some unsubstantiated rumor comes out and the lot of you talk as if he's Jonathan Bornstein.

He was not terrible, rather serviceable at left back the last 2 games. People seem to believe that if a player can play RB, he should have no problem playing LB. It's just not true... The fact of the matter is he's one of the best young defenders in Germany and we better hope this is nothing but a rumor. When playing on his natural right (as the case with most players) he is a very good young RB addition.

I like Lichaj, but Chandler is much more talented, Lichaj has also seemed to feel more comfortable on the left so why can't both exist? Lichaj has a had a couple of poor spells for the Nats as well, no one is dispariging him? This is an unsubstantiated rumor, if fans keep calling him out like this for no reason, what's to say he's not forced to stay in Germany due to the treatment some of you fickle fans give him? Frankly, there is no reason for the negative remarks in regards to Chandler's play, it's a bit childish to just write him off as meaningless to the US development because of a rumor.
Nightwind15
Thursday September 15, 2011 1:27 pm
Likely Germany would cap tie him just so no one else could use him. It is a way of cutting the competition.
Know Nothing
Thursday September 15, 2011 10:44 am
Whatever floats his boat. He should realize that if he plays a meaningless qualifier for Germany (and plays as poorly as he has his last few matches with us) he may never get an international match again (ask Rossi about the last WC). Sadly, with the limited choices we have, he would probably still get a place even on poor form. Hurry back Lichaj
duriseti
Thursday September 15, 2011 2:48 am
Adam is correct: he is not a Rossi or Subotic given where he grew up Those losses for the USMNT were very unfortunate.

As for Chandler, I have seen enough of him for club and country and I am not overly impressed. His balls from the back reach the target 50-60% of the time even when he plays on his preferred side (the right).

I don't see quality possession ball from him in tight spaces. Even his crosses from the right were mediocre. So he gets forward -- what wing-back at that level doesn't? Duh.

If Chandler isn't proud of the stars and stripes, then good riddance. That passion is what sustains you in minute 70-90+.
chambre01
Wednesday September 14, 2011 11:04 pm
He looked bad in the last game. Why would Germany want him? Any way you need to love the country you play for. If he doesnt, its best he play where he belongs.
Erich
Wednesday September 14, 2011 10:09 pm
This is just gossip and Germany has a very strong player pool for every position. I doubt they would use him. I'm sure he would play for Germany if he was invited but only plays for the US because he can. It sure does help his career though. We need to develop our own players who want to play on our team and not get Germany's B-team players if we are going to get anywhere at the world cup.
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