One player beginning to make a case for themselves for important minutes in the Hex is USMNT fan favorite (insert sarcasm alert) Timmy Chandler.
Just as it seems Jurgen Klinsmann is trying to motivate his current right-back starter, DeAndre Yedlin, with some interesting quotes after the New Zealand match, one of his competitors is having a huge impact in a high profile match.
Chandler earned the start and played all 90 minutes against the defending Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, on Saturday. In addition to receiving a yellow card, he also provided the assist on the match-tying goal.
You can see the highlights of the entertaining match here. Chandler’s mishit shot/amazing pass assist can be seen at the 1:50 mark.
As if 90 minutes of involvement wasn’t enough, Chandler was front and center after the whistle blew, as well. He can be seen here getting into a scuffle with pretty much the entire Bayern Munich team. He gets into the faces of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Renato Sanches, and back-up goalkeeper Tom Starke. (Video isn’t embeddable, sorry)
It seems like Chandler’s stock is currently rising. After getting a call-up by Klinsmann in October, could he find his way onto the roster to face Mexico and Costa Rica? And better yet, could he push DeAndre Yedlin (or Geoff Cameron?) for the starting right-back position?
Stranger things have happened to the USMNT depth chart. If he continues to shine like this in big matches, he could find his way back into the national team lineup soon.