Timmy Chandler turns down opportunity to play for U.S. team in World Cup qualifying

The 22-year-old defender is still eligible to play for his native Germany after turning down Jurgen Klinsmann's invite to join the U.S. team for World Cup qualifiers.
Timmy Chandler has turned down an opportunity to officially become a U.S. international player.

The left back, who was born in Germany to an American father, had been a regular on the U.S. national team since making his debut against Argentina on March 26, 2011. However, he has only played in friendlies with the U.S. squad, leaving him eligible to play for Germany.

“I have had long conversations with Timmy about where he is in his professional career and his commitment to playing international football," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "He has expressed his appreciation for all the opportunities we have given him, but he also feels at this point he needs to take a break."

Klinsmann says that Chandler's absence does not mean the 22-year-old won't play for his squad in the future.

"It’s disappointing not having him as a part of the team at this important juncture of building our team, but ultimately a player must decide what is best for him," Klinsmann said. "The door is certainly not closed on Timmy, but in the moment we move on without him.”

Chandler recently signed a two-year contract extension to remain at Nurmberg despite being targeted by Europa League side Stuttgart.

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