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To Russia With Love?

Timmy Chandler: The Problem? Solution? Both?

The part-time United States national team player seems to have accepted a call to join the Americans in their match against Russia. We wonder what it all means.
BY Noah Davis Posted
November 09, 2012
9:07 AM
Timmy Chandler is (almost certainly) back with the United States for the friendly with Russia.

The Nuremberg talent has appeared in eight matches for the Stars and Stripes, but none since November, 2011. He pulled out of the game against Italy, an impressive 1-0 win for the U.S., and turned down calls in the Spring of 2012.

If he does return to the fold, it would seem to be a victory for Jurgen Kilnsmann, who kept the door open while also allowing the young man enough space to work out issues with his club.

But the back and forth has to stop after this friendly. No more shenanigans. Chandler needs to be in or out. With or without the German-American, the United States has more than enough talent to qualify, and do well, at the 2014 World Cup.

Starting now, the focus is on the Hexagonal, and Brazil. Nothing else matters. Building a cohesive national team takes time, effort, and being together. Either you're there or you're not.

International football is two parts honor, two parts pain in the butt. It is a commitment. If Chandler wants to make one for the next two years, great. The team is better with him. But if he's only ready to commit some of the time, then Klinsmann needs to tell him no. No harm, no foul, no judgment, but it has to be one way or the other.

But enough from me, what do you think?

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