Associated Press  |  Last updated February 05, 2013
Nearly two years after playing his first game for the United States, defender Timmy Chandler is set to commit his future to the Americans rather than leave open the possibility of playing for Germany. With regular right back Steve Cherundolo sidelined by a knee injury, Chandler appears likely to start Wednesday when the U.S. opens the final round of World Cup qualifying at Honduras. ''It's a huge opportunity for Timmy,'' U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Monday after announcing his 24-man squad. Chandler, who turns 23 next month, became a regular for Nuremberg during the second half of the 2010-11 season. ''For me. It's going to be a great experience,'' Chandler said. ''Everyone is saying how a big a game it is. It's like a derby in Germany.'' A son of an American serviceman and German mother, the speedy Chandler was noticed by former U.S. defender Tony Sanneh, a one-time Nuremberg player who got him in touch with the American coaching staff. Chandler made his U.S. debut in Mar...
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