Timothy Chandler's big return to USMNT
Word that German-American right back Timmy Chandler would return to the U.S. national team for Wednesday's friendly at Russia (10 a.m. ET, ESPN2) began trickling out late last week, so it was slightly anticlimactic when U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann named the 22-year-old Nurnberg player to the 20-man roster on Monday for the squad's final match of 2012.
Still, Chandler's official return is big news, mainly because he insists that he's now here to stay.
"I finally feel ready to make the commitment," Chandler, who pulled out of competitions that that would permanently cap-tie him to the U.S. on two separate occasions since debuting for the Yanks in March 2011, told U.S. Soccer's website.
"I understand that a lot of people in the USA may be unsure because they think I have said [I'm committed] in the past. All I can say is that I am clear in my head about the commitment moving forward. This was about me being ready to accept the responsibility of being a part of the national team and everything that goes with it, and now I am ready. I am in 1,000 percent."
If he is, it's a huge coup for Klinsmann's team.