Aron Johannsson won’t be the only United States World Cup player to be working under a new club contract after the tournament, as Timmy Chandler has signed a three-year deal to return to his hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt.
Chandler, 24, has been at Nurnberg since 2010, first with their second-tier club and then with the big club from 2011 until the club was relegated this season.
The defender surprised many by making Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man World Cup roster despite a significant late-season injury and an uncapped absence of more than a year.
Chandler made 95 appearances for Nurnberg, scoring four goals. Frankfurt finished in 13th place in the Bundesliga in 2013/14.
Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner said: “We are delighted that the transfer worked out. It’s nice that Timothy Chandler is returning to Frankfurt – a home-grown talent that left us returns back home.
“We wish him much success with the US national team in Brazil.”
Aldo Donnelli scored all four goals as the States won the first recorded match against Mexico, and it was a big one. The winner would go on to the 1934 tournament in Italy, while the loser would go on a tour of European friendlies. The States won, and wouldn’t win again until the qualifiers for the 1982 tournament.