Timothy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt, close up
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American Exports: Eintracht Frankfurt coach critical of Timmy Chandler's USMNT involvement

AMSTERDAM – New Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh has entered US national team business with a public suggestion that right back Timothy Chandler should set aside his international career for the good of the Bundesliga club.

Fresh off CONCACAF Gold Cup duty, the 25-year-old defender made his late arrival to preseason training last week. Because of this excused tardiness, the Eintracht boss has announced early that Chandler will not be starting their league opener at Wolfsburg next Sunday.

"He has to wait in line first," Veh told reporters at the club's training ground on Thursday.

When pressed, Veh admitted that he is not in favor of Chandler being lured away from club life by US counterpart Jurgen Klinsmann. The Frankfurt native has 26 international caps to his credit, half of which have come since he joined Eintracht last summer.

"I understand that he wants to play there," Veh later told Bild. "But it doesn't help me and Eintracht. He needs to ask himself what he wants."