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Nurnberg's Chandler eager to push for USA selection

Timmy Chandler is hoping to find some consistent form at club level with FC Nurnberg.

The 23-year old German-born defender has played 10 times for the USA but last featured under Juergen Klinsmann in February last year.

So far this season, Chandler has made 16 Bundesliga appearances for Der Club and is looking to kick on under the tutelage of manager Gertjan Verbeek who was worked closely with fellow Americans such as Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson (at AZ Alkmaar) and Michael Bradley (at Heerenveen).

"He is a great teaching coach, but only soccer," Chandler told MLSsoccer.com. "He doesn't so much like running or [fitness regimens] from the preseason now.

"It's very comfortable for me, because the left and right back are very special players for him. He wants us to go with the offense and on the counterattack. He doesn't just want us to think about defense now."

Chandler added: "I think when I play good (for Verbeek), he (Klinsmann) will have to call me. For sure, I want to get back in the picture.

"I wanted to get my form together. I know there were many people who thought I didn't make a hard decision because I wanted to play for Germany, but there was no question that I wanted to play for the USA. Now, I just try to play well and wait for a call."

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