With no Steve Cherundolo or Michael Parkhurst on the roster and really only one right back called up, the job goes to part-time USMNT player Timmy Chandler.
Chandler has been a divisive figure among USMNT fans as of late. After showing great promise in early 2011, Chandler was conveniently unavailable for the 2011 Gold Cup, which would have cap-tied him to the U.S.
Then, after appearing in more friendlies in the early part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure, Chandler was again unavailable for the World Cup qualifiers this summer, which again would have cap-tied him to the U.S.
The call-up for another friendly, instead of a cap-tying match, has immediately roused the suspicions of many diehard USMNT fans who are either afraid Chandler will bolt to the German national team as Giuseppe Rossi did to the Italian national team years ago, or are unwilling to forgive Chandler’s previous convenient absences.
Chandler tried to alleviate some of USMNT fans’ fears, telling U.S. Soccer today:
“I understand that a lot of people in the USA may be unsure because they think I have said [I’m committed] in the past. All I can say is that I am clear in my head about the commitment moving forward. This was about me being ready to accept the responsibility of being a part of the National Team and everything that goes with it, and now I am ready. I hope I will get chances in the future. I am in 1,000 percent.”
Nonetheless, barring injury, he will be in the starting XI come Wednesday.