Chandler, 27, has an unclear role in Bruce Arena’s plans with the USMNT. Previous coach Jurgen Klinsmann never figured out the right system for the player, and it will be interesting to see if Chandler continues to be instrumental in his European club but an odd-shaped piece in his national team’s jigsaw puzzle.
Bayern Munich tossed away two leads, the second with Eintracht Frankfurt condemned to 10 men, as Szabolcs Huszti and Mexico’s Marco Fabian scored equalizers. Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich scored for the visitors.
USMNT back Timmy Chandler led Eintracht with 58 touches and five crosses, including this pass that Fabian chested home.
Anthony Modeste scored a pair of first-half goals, the second from the penalty spot, as the hosts moved to within two points of Bayern. USMNT mid Alfredo Morales played 15 minutes off the bench for Ingolstadt.
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Hamburg
Cleber took a 25th minute red card for Hamburg, but the hosts missed a pair of penalties through Andre Hahn and Lars Stindl. USMNT striker Bobby Wood played 16 minutes off the bench for Hamburg.
Timmy Chandler’s club coach wants the same thing many USMNT fans do: to see less of him on the U.S. national team.
Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh says the much-maligned Chandler needs to “get in line” for his Bundesliga playing time, and thinks the back is hurting his chances of club success by continuing to report for U.S. duty.
Chandler, 25, transferred back to Eintracht Frankfurt last season after spending five seasons with Nurnberg. He’s been capped 26 times by the U.S. under Jurgen Klinsmann, scoring once, but has become a target for fan vitriol due to his mercurial displays on the pitch.
But Veh believes the summer trips with the United States harm the defender’s club career.
“I understand that he wants to play there. But it doesn’t help me and Eintracht,” he said, according to Bild. “He needs to ask himself what he wants.”
Other U.S. internationals playing in Germany, including Hertha Berlin’s John Anthony Brooks and Gladbach’s Fabian Johnson, resumed training with their respective clubs last week.
Well that’s a lot to take in, isn’t it? I’m not sure what Klinsmann would have to say to Veh, but I feel confident we’ll find out.
Chandler played in 29 matches for Frankfurt last year under coach Thomas Schaaf, but Veh has returned to the club after a year away. Veh did not coach Chandler in his first stint at Frankfurt, and we’ll have to monitor whether this could be a precursor to a transfer (or at least a heavy dose of rumors).
The US national team rode Clint Dempsey’s first-ever international hat trick to a resounding 6-0 victory over Cuba in the first of two 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal matches to be played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday.
After struggling through much of the group stage — though it finished top of Group A with seven out of nine points — Jurgen Klinsmann’s side finally put together the kind of explosion of goals for which American fans had been clamoring. Cuba began the game with just 18 players on their gameday roster after star striker Ariel Martinez defected from the team during the week.
It didn’t take long for the USMNT to break down Cuba’s extremely deep-lying defense. Clint Dempsey grabbed his fourth goal of the tournament — now all alone as the top scorer — when he got between two defenders and headed home Timothy Chandler’s right-sided cross in the 4th minute.
It took slightly longer for the Yanks to double their lead and go up 2-0, but as Cuba continued to sit deep and look for opportunities on the counter attack, the Americans poured on the pressure and were rewarded when Fabian Johnson’s left-sided cross floated delicately to Gyasi Zardes at the top of the six-yard box, where he applied the first-time finish between the legs of goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra.
Goal No. 3 took slightly longer than the second, but arrived just past the half-hour mark, when Aron Johannsonn chipped Guerra from the corner of the 18-yard box. Guerra came rushing out in an attempt to clear Michael Bradley’s lofted diagonal ball, but found himself in no man’s land near the penalty spot. Johannsson lofted a delicate shot over Guerra and found the inside of the far post for a 3-0 lead.
Omar Gonzalez made it 4-0 just before halftime, when Johannsson cut Bradley’s corner kick back toward the top of the six-yard box for Gonzalez, who turned the ball over the line with a sliding finish from five yards out.
The USMNT’s fifth goal came via the penalty spot. Dempsey notched his fifth goal of the tournament with a dinked finish from 12 yards out after Johannsson was pulled down inside the penalty area in the 63rd minute.
Dempsey completed his hat trick in the 78th minute, when he finished with the outside of his foot from eight yards out. Bradley’s through ball from the right side of the box played Dempsey past a defender and into space, and the former-captain/still-talisman made no mistake from there.
FRISCO, Texas — Despite the positive result on the night — a 2-1 victory for the U.S. national team to open their 2015 Gold Cup campaign — the overwhelming post-game sentiment from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and any number of key players was that the performance against Honduras left something to be desired and must improve by leaps and bounds if the Americans are to defend their 2013 CONCACAF title.
While the middle third of Tuesday night’s victory over Honduras was full of bright spots — Clint Dempsey bagged a brace in his home state, Brad Guzan held things together during tenuous early moments and DeAndre Yedlin looked a terror down the right wing for 90 minutes — it was the first 20 minutes that saw the USMNT nearly go down a goal — or two — early on, and the last 20 minutes that saw their two-goal lead halved in the 69th minute and almost wiped out entirely.
Honduras began the game just as Klinsmann and Co. thought they would — quickly, aggressively and with near-reckless abandon. As it turned out, the Yanks weathered the early onslaught which saw nine shots unleashed toward Brad Guzan’s goal in the opening half of play, and capitalized once Los Catrachos‘ grew winded and their legs heavy in the humid, high-80s temperatures at Toyota Stadium.
“They took over the first 15 or 20 minutes,” Klinsmann said during his post-game press conference. “You have to give them a big compliment. They created chances and we had to kind of come back into the game, especially our backline. Both center backs needed to settle. We said at halftime, ‘Be calm, just be calm, keep it simple, nothing complicated, find a rhythm.’ I thought the second half was much, much better.”
Guzan attributed those early struggles a combination of time constraints (one short week of training with the entire squad) and having to piece together a number of different players arriving into camp from a number of different leagues around the world, many of whom find themselves in very different points of their respective club seasons.
Of the five defenders who saw the field Tuesday night — John Brooks, Ventura Alvarado, Fabian Johnson, Timothy Chandler and Brad Evans — they come from five different club teams and three different domestic leagues — Bundesliga, Liga MX and Major League Soccer.
“When you have guys coming from different leagues from different parts of the world, there’s different styles of soccer being played,” said Guzan during the post-game mixed zone. “You have to try to get on the same page as quickly as you can, and it’s not always easy. There’s going to be mistakes, there’s going to be bumps along the way, especially in a tournament like this, when it’s not always just about the soccer.
“It’s about the fight, the determination and grinding out results. … It’s an ongoing process, and it will be until the next World Cup. It’s not something that you snap your fingers and it just changes overnight.”
As for the result itself, every last player who made their way through the mixed zone and spoke to reporters was bullish and unwilling to concede on one facet: three points is three points in CONCACAF, no matter how you arrive at the final destination.
“That’s a very, very good team,” said Evans, who replaced Chandler at right back in the 63rd minute of Tuesday night’s win. “Anybody that comes through here will tell you that’s a good team. New coach, new system, and the last five or six results have been extremely good. We watched all the tape on them, and we knew what we were getting into. We knew it was going to be a battle. The first game of the tournament is always like that.”
With that first game of the tournament out of the way and three points to boot, the USMNT’s attention now turns to Friday night’s opponent, Haiti, who picked up a surprising 1-1 draw against Panama in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Steady improvement will be expected from Klinsmann’s young bunch (Tuesday’s starters are an average of 24 years old). On the other hand, a pair of 22-year-old center backs navigated the CONCACAF storm of all CONCACAF storms against Honduras, and they have three points to prove it.