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After the U.S. loss to Honduras in World Cup qualifying in February 2013, many fingers were pointed at Timmy Chandler as a key reason for the loss.
After the game, Chandler disappeared from USMNT activities until the team's World Cup camp began last month. On Sunday, Chandler started at left-back for the U.S., a position which he has played on many occasions at the international level, but rarely plays for his homeland.
One of the impressive things about Chandler's game on Sunday was his work rate. In the 19th minute, he offered good help to Matt Besler to stop a Turkish attack and made two other solid recovery runs in the first half to stop Turkish counters. In the 52nd minute, Chandler's overlap and service created the U.S.' second goal, and in the 60th minute, he recovered well to put pressure on a breakaway after Brad Davis didn't track back defensively.
In the 62nd minute, Chandler also put Clint Dempsey in behind the Turkish defense on a play that was incorrectly ruled offside.
However, in the last five minutes, Chandler's game began to fall apart. As the U.S. was defending the lead late in the game, Chandler gave the ball away on one occasion and then, in the 89th minute, was dispossessed on a play that led to Turkey's only goal.
Chandler's fitness may be a concern, as he did come off an injury late in the Bundesliga season. His inability to play in warm weather was also cited by some as the reason for his poor performance against Honduras early last year.
DaMarcus Beasley, who started regularly for the U.S. during qualifying, is the other potential option. But based on popular opinion, he is not a viable option against the U.S.' group-stage opponents in the World Cup.
The final option would be to switch Fabian Johnson and Chandler as the U.S.' outside backs. Chandler is more comfortable on the right and Johnson, while he played on the right often for Hoffenheim this season, has vast experience at the international and club levels on the left.