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Timothy Chandler declares his Independence Day
   July 5, 2011 (6:34 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Those fireworks you saw last night were not for America’s birthday, they were because Timothy Chandler shot down rumors, yet again, that he might switch to Germany in an interview with Brian Sciaretta.

“No. That is absolutely not the reason why I missed the Gold Cup,” Chandler stated emphatically. “It is my goal and dream to represent the United States at the 2014 World Cup. What I said in March is true. I will absolutely not play for Germany. There is no way that will happen.”

USA! USA! USA!  Also, Howie gets full credit for the title of this post.  Chandler also talks about getting healthy and watching the Gold Cup.

Some of you might have noticed that Josh Gatt was pulled out of Molde FK’s game this past weekend after 43 minutes due to an injury.  After further examination on Monday, it looks like he just suffered a ligament strain on his left foot and will only be out 2-3 weeks.  Molde also doesn’t have a game over the next two weeks, so he is headed back to Michigan for a week off and will begin his rehab in America.

The Shin Guardian got some “hack” to write about what it is like to be an American “journeyman” playing abroad.  Oh wait, it is not a hack, it is Herculez Gomez.  I think he knows a thing or two on the subject, but check it out as it is interesting.  Nice to see an active professional showing opening up like this.

And finally, here is a video interview with Ryan Adeleye who plays with Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva.  The video portion is mostly in English.  Adeleye appeared in 17 games last season, finding himself in the starting lineup 10 times.

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2 Responses to “Timothy Chandler declares his Independence Day”

  1. Ian says:

    Just yesterday I read an article that chronicled Chandler’s rise over the last year. In a matter of months he went from playing in front of a few hundred people to playing for the U.S. against Argentina in front of 80,000. That’s when I started feeling he might have truly appreciated being called up by the U.S. If he does stick with the U.S. that will be a huge boost. Does anyone know when he can be officially cap-tied? I assume it would be the first game for WC qualifying next year.

  2. Howie says:

    You would be correct. Once he appears in a WCQ (sometime next summer is the most likely time), he would not be able to switch. The Gold Cup, of course, could have fulfilled this as well, although it does not sound as though it will wind up mattering as it will just be a matter of time.

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