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Chandler’s transition to the U.S. national team has been eased by other German-Americans on the squad, including midfielder Jermaine Jones and goalkeeper David Yelldell _ who also made his debut with the team this week.

Donovan also speaks German following stints with Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich.

“It’s always good to be able to speak German,” said Chandler. “But I also want to work on my English.”

Jones and Chandler overlapped at Frankfurt, but didn’t know each other because Chandler was playing for youth teams when Jones, now 30, was already on the senior team.

“It’s important for him to keep working on his skills and responsibilities,” said Jones, who now plays for Blackburn in England. “He can learn a lot about how to take on certain situations from older players.

“You can see he has the talent,” Jones added. “He’s had his first chance here, and I don’t think it will be his last.”

Michael Bradley, who earlier this year moved to Aston Villa in England, said he never crossed paths with Chandler when he played with his previous team, Borussia Moenchengladbach, in Germany.

But the midfielder said it’s evident that Chandler is a strong athlete, “and he combines that with good soccer qualities.”

Midfielder Clint Dempsey agreed.

“He’s a good player _ he’s quick and he’s only going to get better,” Dempsey said. “It’s cool to see these new faces come in and the talent that they have.”

Chandler said playing with the U.S. team has been “a dream come true,” no matter what the future holds. “This 10-day international break with the U.S. national team has been great in every way,” he said.