Eintracht Frankfurt defender Timmy Chandler has spoken of his delight at seeing young Americans such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent take the decision to swap the USA for the Bundesliga.
“You have to live there some months and adjust off the field, but it’s good to go there, play there, have some time in Europe and learn a lot,” Chandler said ahead of Frankfurt’s pre-season friendly against the Philadelphia Union.
Borussia Dortmund’s Pulisic, Schalke’s McKennie and Werder Bremen’s Sargent follow a well-trodden path across the Atlantic, one that also included a trip across the Pacific for Honolulu native Bobby Wood. The current Hannover striker caught the eye of US youth coaches during his time at 1860 Munich after moving to Germany as a 15-year-old.
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It’s a different approach to that taken by the Eintracht defender and his USMNT teammates John Brooks and Fabian Johnson, who were born in Germany. Chandler chose to represent the country of his father, a US serviceman based in Germany, but has not played international football for almost two years.
On the back of winning the DFB Cup in May – his first major honour – Chandler is now eager to make a return to the USMNT and play alongside his nation’s up-and-coming talents also plying their trade in the Bundesliga.
“When they call me up for the national team, I’m there,” he said. “Of course I miss it. I see all the players go to their national teams, and I want to fly to the States and play for my country.”
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