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Preston Zimmerman must have some doubtful motivations – Player accuses US national team coach of using ‘fake Americans’

Player accuses US national team coach of using ‘fake Americans’ – News | FOX Sports on MSN.

No one knows what Preston Zimmerman’s motivation was when he attacked USMNT’s coach Juergen Klinsmann for his staffing tactics. Reading Zimmerman’s statements, it can’t be soccer motivated. Too much nonsense and false reasons why college players and MLS players should be considered. Continue reading

Andreas Herzog is Klinsmann’s new Assistant

Klinsmann holt Herzog dazu – Int. Fußball – kicker online.

Juergen Klinsmann makes $2.5 Mio…

Hopelessly underpaid for what he has to accomplish…

Wynalda: US finally set out to win, got the result – News | FOX Sports on MSN

Wynalda: US finally set out to win, got the result – News | FOX Sports on MSN.

Oh Eric. You should know what this result is worth. The goal is to make up for 10-15 years of doing the wrong thing. Sneaking from a win against Turks & Caicos into a loss against the big guns is the history. This is not a qualifier, this is not an important tournament, this is about getting the picture of what’s up with the material. “Vorbereitung”. Remember that word? You played long enough in Germany to understand what it means. Remember how important the wins in the “Vorbereitung” were?By the way, you should also know how important patience is in soccer. Why don’t we all try to educate people on how soccer really works, rather than taking the “English” way and destroy ourselves?

At least Eric Wynalda had the guts to kinda “apologize” to Juergen Klinsmann for all the nonsense and ridiculous building of artificial pressure.

US Soccer — Honeymoon is over for Jurgen Klinsmann — Jeff Carlisle – ESPN

US Soccer — Honeymoon is over for Jurgen Klinsmann — Jeff Carlisle – ESPN.

US Soccer — Jurgen Klinsmann still experimenting with U.S. setup — Ravi Ubha from Paris – ESPN

US Soccer — Jurgen Klinsmann still experimenting with U.S. setup — Ravi Ubha from Paris – ESPN.

Keep doing what you are doing, Juergen. Everything else is just continuing wasting talent and opportunity.Based on talent, the U.S. should be a soccer power house for years.

The changes in order to get to the top are mandatory. The problem is that a lot of people feel the pressure on their lame be…. and start shooting against the changes. People in important positions have reached their limits years ago and are completely unable to take soccer to the next level.

Klinsmann still searching for dynamo – News | FOX Sports on MSN

Klinsmann still searching for dynamo – News | FOX Sports on MSN.

Outsch. Go watch Basketball, Richard.

US Soccer – Juergen Klinsmann’s trouble

US Soccer — Jurgen Klinsmann still upbeat despite loss — Ravi Ubha from Paris – ESPN.

The U.S national team harvested another loss. France was the opponent today and the winner of the match. If you look at the press reports in both countries, nobody is happy. A 1-0 win against the United States is rather average for the French. In the U.S. the experts are wondering when the team is intending to score goals. 2 goals in the last 5 games is not enough for the media in the U.S..

Listening to the experts on TV and reading the articles from guys that probably have never played the game (such as the one in the link above), it seems they are all just waiting for the WC qualifiers to start so that they can shoot with everything they have. Klinsmann made it clear that he is experimenting and that he is not interested in results at this point. The experts, deep inside, know a change in U.S. soccer was mandatory and they were all hoping that with Klinsmann, from one day to the other, the team will win against everyone. Not so fast. Miracles can happen quickly, the impossible takes a little longer.

Klinsmann has a big job to master. He must transform “crocks” into dancing shoes. He must make up the mistakes of at least 10 years in no time and deliver something Americans haven’t experienced yet. He must put the team and U.S. soccer on the World map, once and for all. This is important for soccer in this country where the winners of the two major sports usually call themselves “World Champions”, even though nobody else is playing. World Champions, that’s the goal, at one point.

Looking at the game today, one thing is clearly sticking out: Major League Soccer is not a competitive league. In no way can the league produce top players that are able to turn games on an international level. Examples: Kyle Beckerman and Brek Shea. Both are top players in the MLS, but struggle on an international level. Shea is a young kid that can have a bright future, if he gets out of this league and can make his way to Europe. He should be over there already, for at least three years. For Beckerman it doesn’t look good at all. He has “progressed” to much already as that any of the top clubs in Europe would be interested. They have that kind of material in the category “18 year old”. It is no wonder that Klinsmann is looking for players that could play for the U.S. everywhere he can. Those he found are of the same age as Beckerman and Shea, have even less talent, but have a much more intensive “education” than the two. And that is what this team needs. Before you can bark with the big dogs, you need to be able to lift your leg. In the case of soccer, Klinsmann needs to find the players first, before he can go after the big guns. Something the experts should consider when they unleash their wisdom.

All things considered, Klinsmann and the team are making progress. You can take something good out of every game. If Klinsmann is able to bring together the good things of the past few games, he will succeed and with him U.S. soccer. If he can manage to change the insufficient structures of U.S. soccer and support all the talent, the U.S. will be World Champions one day. Real World Champions. Imagine that.




US Soccer — Jurgen Klinsmann still waiting for goal rush

US Soccer — Jurgen Klinsmann still waiting for goal rush — Ravi Ubha – ESPN.

Jurgen Klinsmann names 22-man squad for Mexico – News | FOX Sports on MSN

Jurgen Klinsmann names 22-man squad for Mexico – News | FOX Sports on MSN.

U.S. Soccer National Team. Not all bad surprises in Juergen Klinsmann’s first roster for the clash with Mexico on Wednesday. What is a surprise is that Clint Dempsey (Fulham) and Jozy Altidore (Alkmaar) are not on the list. In my opinion this has its reason in Klinsmann’s desire to find alternatives in the U.S. offense. It is commonly known what Dempsey and Altidore can do.

Cantona: United States can rule the world – News | FOX Sports on MSN

Cantona: United States can rule the world – News | FOX Sports on MSN.

Eric Cantona is right. When you travel the country and you see all the talent, there is no doubt it will happen one day. The talent is there, and was 10 years ago, the clubs are there, the intention is there and the desire is growing. With Juergen Klinsmann the U.S. now has a coach that can bring a few important things on its way. What needs to be done, is changing the structures and adjust to a more competitive system. That will take some time, but in the meantime the young players are growing. If you want to measure it, if we can add 10-15% better performance to what we have, we have a top team. In the long run, the U.S. will be on top of the ranks.

The New York Cosmos have the right idea and they are working hard to make things happen for them and U.S. soccer. The Cosmos coming back, can be the best thing for U.S. soccer.

Galarcep: Jurgen Klinsmann’s hiring has holiday feel – News | FOX Sports on MSN

Galarcep: Jurgen Klinsmann’s hiring has holiday feel – News | FOX Sports on MSN.

Exciting news for U.S. soccer, still.

What Klinsmann can do for U.S. Soccer

For a couple of days now I follow the discussion about and around the new U.S. National Coach Juergen Klinsmann. Everyone that knows about soccer or not is participating somehow. One of the major headaches for the experts, what is Klinsmann about to do in order to make things better? What will he change?

Well, there is not much wisdom necessary, he will try to teach on how to win a soccer game. An important game that is. The U.S. have won soccer games before, but the important games, on a world stage, went all ”straight into the pants” as the Germans say. When experts come up with successes on a world stage, they always refer to the famous win against Spain a few years back. Well done, however, there is not a lot of value given to a win in the Confederations Cup. At least not in the big soccer world. Successes are measured in world cup accomplishments. What counts for the big soccer nations is reaching the semifinal and up at the world cup. The rest is “cold coffee”, also a German saying.

The problem of the past years in U.S. soccer is a certain comfort with a few minor accomplishments and the following lack of focus on the important things (This, along with the biggest problem, college soccer, is something Klinsmann will address). While ten years ago all the U.S. had to do was catching up, 5 years ago, once they caught up, the build up for better successes was missed. The U.S. is not short of talent, we have more than many of the big soccer nations, but we are short of guys that teach a few things regarding the importance of winning a soccer game and how to win. Many of the foreign youth coaches here, gave it a try, but had to let it go, because the youth is so “protected” from doing things that are on the edge of the game. All our kids are technically very well educated. They learn to pass, dribble, juggle the ball and all those things. And those coaches that want to teach drills in that department are very popular, with parents and players, because its fun and easy. Since the most in the U.S. operate like that, on the national level that is not an issue and nice games develop. When they go to international competitions, it now starts to become difficult. The other nations can juggle the ball as well, but they do a few other things our kids have never seen before. Do the “juggle” in high pace and under physical and mental pressure turns into a struggle. On top of that, others are able to unpack a few things that for our kids are forbidden fruit and they are taught exactly that, don’t do it.

My best example of a waste of soccer talent is the actually best U.S. soccer player, Landon Donavan. Man, that boy had talent. Remember when he pulled the Germans 2002 all over the field? And almost(!) became the hero in that game? He had the talent and the abilities to become the first American world soccer star. It took him 9 more years to get a real soccer mentality and it needed a last chance in England at Everton FC. He messed up two opportunities before in Germany, in Munich and Leverkusen. Anyway, the visit in England did the trick and put him to the next level. His game and his personality has changed during the spell at Everton. When you watch him playing now and compare this to before the “break trough” in England, you can clearly see the difference. The nice young kid that could play soccer so well, became quite feisty and sometimes quite an a.. on the soccer field. He got a soccer mentality. What prevents him today from becoming a super star is, he is not 20 anymore. He missed to learn the soccer mentality when he was a teenager. That is what Klinsmann will try to teach the U.S.. Good luck, Juergen.