Born in Frankfurt to an American father and a German mother, Timothy Chandler is a powerful and athletic new option in the USA rearguard. He is a fast and rangy defender, always willing to push up into attack and brimming with youthful exuberance. A newcomer to the Stars and Stripes set-up, he is most comfortable playing on the right but can also line up in the centre of defence if circumstances demand.

Chandler recently moved back to hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt after taking part in FC Nurnberg's disappointing 2013/14 campaign, one that saw the side relegated from the German Bundesliga. He has had prior stints in the country’s lower leagues. The burly back amassed fewer than 15 caps for the United States before being included in Jurgen Klinsmann’s final 23-man squad for Brazil 2014.

He was a member of the USA side that won their fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup in the summer of 2013, but his commitment to his adoptive national team was called into question when he refused a series of subsequent call-ups through injury. He failed to appear for the States for nearly an entire year. Klinsmann’s standards for selection were high, and he enthusiastically defended his decision to include Chandler. “He’s a different Timmy now than he was a year-and-a-half ago,” Klinsmann explained.