MNT Aug 6, 2011
After Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes at right back in in Nürnberg's 1-0 away victory against Hertha Berlin on Saturday, many fans had questions as to why he was removed from the U.S. roster for the match against Mexico. Here's the explanation:
In his first five days on the job, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had been speaking to as many players as possible prior to naming the squad and had not been able to reach Chandler. Following Thursday's roster announcement, Klinsmann spoke with Chandler and FC Nürnberg manager Dieter Hecking about Chandler's call-up for the Mexico game. After discussing Chandler's fitness following a minor injury and the importance of trying to earn a regular starting spot in his first full Bundesliga campaign, Klinsmann decided to allow Chandler to remain with his club rather than make the long trip to Philadelphia, and understood that he would likely play in the team's opening match of the season against Hertha Berlin. All agreed that Chandler would report to the USA's September friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.