Timmy Chandler has been a fixture in Nuremberg’s lineup in the German Bundesliga for three seasons, but in that time has only appeared for the USMNT 10 times. He made his first appearances for the U.S. in the spring of 2011, but then was left off the Gold Cup roster (which would have cap-tied Chandler to the U.S.) that summer due to a combination of “little injuries” and fatigue.
The U.S. struggled in the Gold Cup, particularly in the final at outside back (Chandler can play on either side) and head coach Bob Bradley was fired. Under new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Chandler returned to the roster in the fall of 2011 and made six straight starts for the U.S.
However, when World Cup qualifying began in the spring of 2012 (also games that would have cap-tied him), Chandler was again not part of the squad this time due to his need to “take a break.” And again in the fall of 2012, Chandler was not part of the squad citing his desire to “concentrate on Nurnberg right now.”
In fact, in 2012 and 2013 combined, Chandler has only appeared for the Nats twice—once in a friendly against Russia in November 2012 and against Honduras in February 2013. Ironically, the appearance against Honduras was in a World Cup qualifier, thus cap-tying Chandler, but he has not appeared for the U.S. since.
Against Honduras, Chandler was outright terrible and received a thorough and well-deserved lambasting in the player ratings from a variety of writers. Part of this was no doubt due to Jurgen Klinsmann’s poorly conceived off-balance formation for the game and part of it was likely due to Chandler’s lack of acclimation to the Honduras jungle after spending a winter playing in Germany.
However, that poor performance and his repeated lack of commitment to the team over the years have earned him an exile from Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad ever since.