Timothy Chandler

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Timothy Chandler
Timothy Chandler FCN 2012.jpg
Timothy Chandler 2012
Personal information
Full name Timothy Chandler[1]
Date of birth (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Frankfurt, West Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Eintracht Frankfurt
Youth career
Sportfreunde Oberau
2001–2008 Eintracht Frankfurt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Eintracht Frankfurt II 50 (8)
2010 1. FC Nürnberg II 17 (4)
2011–2014 1. FC Nürnberg 95 (4)
2014– Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (0)
National team
2011– United States 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2014

Timothy Chandler (born 29 March 1990) is an American soccer player who plays as a right back for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

Early life[edit]

Chandler was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany to an African American father who was born in New York and served in the U.S. military, and a German mother. His father and mother separated shortly after his birth. He continued to live with his mother in Germany.[2]


1. FC Nürnberg[edit]

Chandler began his career at Sportfreunde Oberau as well as time with Eintracht Frankfurt before transferring to 1. FC Nürnberg in the summer of 2010. He made his debut for the first team of 1. FC Nürnberg on 15 January 2011 against Borussia Mönchengladbach.[3] On 12 February 2011, he scored the first goal of his professional career against VfB Stuttgart.[4]

Chandler made his first appearance of the 2011–12 season on 30 July 2011, providing an assist for Markus Feulner's equalizing goal in an eventual 5–1 triumph over Arminia Bielefeld in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.[5] Chandler's debut appearance of the year's Bundesliga campaign came a week later on 6 August, playing the full ninety minutes of a narrow 1–0 defeat of Hertha BSC.[6] Chandler netted his only goal of the campaign on 26 November against FC Kaiserslautern, blasting the ball in from the edge of the area, securing a 1–0 win and the club's first victory in eight games.[7] Two weeks later on 10 December, the referee adjudged Chandler's challenge on Sejad Salihović as too strong and the American was given a red card; down to ten man, Nürnberg fell to a 2–0 loss with both goals coming from Vedad Ibišević.[8] Things turned worse for Chandler and Nürnberg two days later, as the defender was at fault for conceding the only goal of the game against SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the third round of the DFB-Pokal, eliminating his side from the competition.[9]

In Nürnberg's 4–1 thrashing of Schalke on 11 April 2012, Chandler provided his second assist of the season, finding midfielder Daniel Didavi who made it 3–0.[10] Chandler made his 30th, 29 of which were starts, and final appearance of the Bundesliga season on 28 April in Nürnberg's 3–2 defeat of Hoffenheim, taking revenge for his red card and the club's loss earlier in the season.[11] Nürnberg finished the season in a respectable tenth place in the Bundesliga and Chandler attracted interest from many clubs, including VfB Stuttgart.[12] However Chandler decided to reject the overtures from other German clubs and signed a contract extension with Nürnberg, tying him to the club until July 2015.[13]

Chandler's first appearance in the 2012–13 season came in Nürnberg's humbling 3–2 defeat to fifth division side TSV Havelse in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on 19 August 2012.[14] His only goal of the campaign came against Hannover 96 on 26 September, scoring a consolation goal as his side fell to a 4–1 defeat.[15] Chandler again made 30 Bundesliga appearances, 29 from the start, as Nürnberg finished the league in tenth position on 44 points.[16]

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

After Nürnberg were relegated at the end of the 2013–14 Bundesliga season, Chandler signed a three-year contract with his former club Eintracht Frankfurt on 3 June 2014.[17]

International career[edit]

On 16 March 2011, it was announced that Chandler would be part of the United States's 24-man squad set to face Paraguay and Argentina in international friendlies.[18] Chandler made his debut with the U.S. on 26 March 2011, playing the entire second half of a 1–1 draw against Argentina. On 16 May 2012, Timothy Chandler declined an offer from U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann to join his training camp for the upcoming friendlies and 2014 World Cup Qualifiers.[19] Klinsmann stated that Timothy expressed a need to take a break from the U.S. and find his international identity.[20] However, Chandler later accepted a call-up for the US friendly against Russia, stating that he was "in 1,000 percent."[21] On 4 February 2013, Jürgen Klinsmann named Chandler to the United States' 24-man roster for the 6 February 2013 match at Honduras; his start against Honduras on February 6, 2013 "cap-tied" Chandler to the United States for all future international competitions, under FIFA rules.[22]

Since that game in Honduras, Chandler has not featured for the United States. Media and fans alike have questioned his commitment to the US, with him refusing multiple call ups due to injuries, and subsequently not being called up by Jurgen Klinsmann at all after the 2013 Gold Cup or September 2013 World Cup qualifiers.

After 15 months of exile from the USA, Chandler was recalled by Klinsmann as part of the 30-man squad in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was then selected to the final 23-man roster on 22 May 2014 for the finals in Brazil.[23] Though he was on the final roster that went to Brazil, Chandler did not see any game action.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[24]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1. FC Nürnberg 2010–11 14 1 2 0 - 16 1
2011–12 30 1 3 0 - 33 1
2012–13 30 1 1 0 - 31 1
2013–14 21 1 1 0 - 22 1
Career total 95 4 7 0 0 0 102 4


  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 32. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Chandler Emerging at FC Nurnberg". Yanks Abroad. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Timothy Chandler" (in German). 1. FC Nürnberg. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Meet the Bundesliga Scorer who Wants to Play for the USA". Prost Amerika Soccer. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Feulner schießt den Club in Runde zwei" (in German). kicker. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hertha Berlin 0 - 1 1. FC Nürnberg". ESPN FC. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nurnberg 1-0 Kaiserslautern". ESPN FC. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ibisevics Doppelpack beendet Hoffenheimer Auswärtsmisere" (in German). kicker. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Prib schmeißt den "großen" Nachbarn raus" (in German). kicker. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Didavi bringt den Club dem Klassenerhalt nahe" (in German). kicker. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Timothy Chandler and Nurnberg 3 - Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, Joe Gyau and Hoffenheim 2". American Soccer Players in Europe. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Slane, Mike (12 January 2012). "Reports: Timothy Chandler could land in Stuttgart next summer". Goal.com. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Wildhagen, Niklas (26 April 2012). "NEWS: Dante to join Bayern, Chandler extends contract at Nürnberg, and more…". Bundesliga Fanatic. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Havelse siegt verdient – Nürnberg blamiert sich" (in German). kicker. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Four-goal Hannover too good for Nürnberg". UEFA. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Timothy Chandler". ESPN FC. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt sign Nurnberg right-back Timothy Chandler". Sky Sports. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "U.S. Roster for March Friendlies". United States Soccer Federation. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "U.S. Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Discusses the Initial 16-Player Training Camp Roster". United States Soccer Federation. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "U.S. MNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Conference Call Quote Sheet". United States Soccer Federation. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Analysis: Making sense of Klinsmann's roster vs. Russia". Major League Soccer. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Timmy Chandler among 24 U.S. players picked for Honduras". Sports Illustrated. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Donovan left off Klinsmann's USA squad". FIFA. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "T. Chandler". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 

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