BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, August 29, 2011
With US national team set to assemble on Monday in California, right back Timothy Chandler is excited to arrive in camp and begin playing under new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Chandler, 21, has not been with the US national team since March when he was invited by then-head coach Bob Bradley.

In a pair of friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay, Chandler played well and left many believing he would take over the right back position from veteran Steve Cherundolo.

Since then, Chandler has not been back with the US team. He did not take part in the Gold Cup after consulting with management at FC Nurnberg who all felt he needed to rest in the offseason. Earlier this month his club once again had him withdraw from the national team for a friendly against Mexico citing an injury despite not missing any Bundesliga action.

With all that now behind him, Chandler is set to return to the national team and prove to Klinsmann that he is ready to be an important part of the team moving forward.

Chandler enjoyed his time under Bradley but playing under Klinsmann will have added meaning. Chandler was born in Frankfurt and Klinsmann was an iconic figure for him and all other German-born players of his generation.

"It's definitely something special to play for a legend like Klinsmann," Chandler told YA. "I'm excited to work for him. I can't wait to see how everything will go and to see what he will bring to training."

This year has been a spectacular year for Chandler who made the first team at FC Nurnberg in January after the winter break and emerged as one of the one of the most promising fullbacks in the Bundesliga. It was his strong play that helped FC Nurnberg finish to an unexpectedly high sixth place in the league.

At the start of the 2011/12 season Chandler has picked up where he left off. On Saturday he played very well as Nurnberg picked up an important 1-0 win over Augsburg for their second win of the year.

Chandler is part of a growing number of players in the US player pool that has roots in the German Bundesliga. On the current roster Chandler is joined by Hoffenheim's Fabian Johnson and Hannover's Steve Cherundolo who are currently based in Germany.

In addition to those players, Landon Donovan has played in the league and national team regulars like Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones who are not on the current roster are both based on Bundesliga teams. There are also many top American prospects coming up through the ranks at various German clubs.

Chandler is proud to be a part of the growing German trend and knows that it will help bring the US national team to another level.

"It's definitely bringing an advantage since the German Bundsliga is one of the most respected leagues in europe and the world," Chandler said confidently. "It will definitely inject a high level of quality into the US national team."

Chandler has yet to meet Klinsmann but he has been in contact with him recently. In the day ahead of the Augsburg game, Chandler received a boost of confidence when he received a text message from his new coach.

"Yesterday Coach Klinsmann texted me to say that he was looking forward to meeting me and getting to know me," Chandler revealed. "I replied to tell him that I was looking forward to the camp, to thank him for the nomination, and that I am ready to get to work for the US team."

Chandler does not know exactly what to expect in playing under Klinsmann but he optimistic that the coaching change will be for the better. Chandler is ready to play a more German style and he believes the US team will flourish under that approach.

"I can't say too much about the future, but I think we'll be playing more German-style soccer than the American style we played with Coach Bradley," Chandler concluded. "I'm confident it will be a positive experience for all of us on the US team."
Tuesday August 30, 2011 10:01 pm

Great, great comment! You really know about US youth soccer. I can't wait to see Bobby Wood and Joe Gyau in the MNT. I also want to see Renken, Williams, and Brooks with the U-20's. Does Kieswetter play for Nurenbergs U-19? is he a forward? or is it Boyd? Thanks!
Tuesday August 30, 2011 11:16 am
There is a LOT of talent in the Bundasliga that could be joining the ranks of the USMNT in the next 3-5 years...

Defense: Center Backs - John Anthony Brooks & Alfredo Morales, RB - Timothy Chandler & Daniel Williams (possible LB)

Midfield - Fabian Johnson (possible LB as well), Jared Jeffrey, Fabian Hurzeler, & Charles Renken.

Forwards: Bobby Wood, Joseph Gyau, Terrence Boyd, & Jerome Kieswetter.

These are the cream of the crop right now, but there are sure to be more yet to be discovered players that could push for inclusion in the coming years.

I for one am happy to see that we've now got some good youth players developing overseas (Germany, England, etc...) as this will help improve the US Player Pool in the future. Things are looking brighter and brighter going forward. Now if MLS youth team can continue to improve we'll really see a deep pool over the next 5 - 10 years.
Hoppy in ATL
Tuesday August 30, 2011 10:10 am
Well done, Mr. Sciaretta! Quality article... Good read...
Tuesday August 30, 2011 12:44 am
Exciting indeed. Wondering if we have the players to play German style as well as the Germans? Seemed that Bradley's main success was understanding US weaknesses and strengths and playing to them as often as possible. The Klinsmann era is just beginning, so lets give him more time and space than you gave Bradley.
Monday August 29, 2011 11:35 pm
very very optimistic about the future, i see a lot of talent coming from Germany and I am looking forward to the product on the field and i think it will be very positive, keep up the good work Chandler, can't wait to see you in a US shirt again!!!!!
Monday August 29, 2011 6:08 pm
Go Chandler!!! This kid is so sick!
Monday August 29, 2011 5:03 pm
Thanks for the update on Timmay two.
Monday August 29, 2011 3:36 pm
Great stuff! I'm glad to hear Chandler's respect for Klinsmann and his commitment to the team and it's progress. Our youngster's are rising up!

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