She just never thought it would be in Russia, where conditions can be frigid, after considering Norway, Sweden and Germany as more realistic options.
"I didn't really think it was going to happen," Sandiford explained of playing in Russia. "I was skeptical because I didn't know much about Russia. What I did know I saw in the movies and it's not always that great."
The 5-foot-9 Sandiford enjoys competing for FK Zorkiy in the Russian Premier League so much, she signed an 18-month extension to play through December of 2014.
FK Zorkiy — which is based on the city limits of Moscow — won the UEFA Women's Champions League with Sandiford starting in goal in June.
Her team's season runs in two parts, from January to June and July to December.
FK plays in front of crowds of up to 7,000 people, Sandiford said.
"I am really having the time of my life," said Sandiford, whose team plays against nine other Russian teams. "I really like it that much. I am so glad I decided to go there and play."
Sandiford's agent, Damon Wilson, of Philadelphia's TransFair Sports Group, says her stellar play should pave the way for a long and successful career.
His agency represents 37 professional soccer player, including 14 women.
"Goalies in soccer can play so much longer than field players," Wilson said. "She easily has another 10 to 15 years of playing professional soccer at an extremely high level. Chante is very strong, she's got a great head on her shoulders and trains very hard."
Much like Major League Baseball teams that flock to warm-weather sites for spring training, FK Zorkiy held training camp in a more temperate Turkey at the beginning of the most recent season.
"I was very, very worried," Sandiford said. "I really had to get used to playing in the cold and snow. Once, I got used to it, I was OK."
The language barrier also presented a big challenge. Sandiford was only one of two Americans playing in a league of about 300 players.
Sandiford eventually learned to speak some Russian using Rosetta Stone, a popular language-teaching software.
"English is not a second language there like a lot of other places," Sandiford said. "So it's really hard to communicate with people. But I know how to tell people the things I need to. I can talk to my teammates and tell the defense to come up and back, and who to mark, and things like that."