Jurgen Klinsmann has some tough choices ahead as the United States national team prepares for two World Cup quarterfinals – after which the United States is likely to have booked official passage into Brazil 2014.
At this point we are talking “when” rather than “if,” but the moment of official qualification still resonates, if only symbolically. So next a Sept. 6 date in Costa Rica and a subsequent date with border rival Mexico, Sept. 10 in Columbus, will be newsy happenings.
While some finalists in the region have already announced their rosters – Honduras is here and Panama is here – Klinsmann is likely to stick with the routine of naming his squad on the week of the match, which means early next week.
His task is substantial, because some names from that highly successful Gold Cup roster are pushing their way up the order, squeezing the regulars, who were also quite successful during their big June dash.
Klinsmann talks about it here, in the most recent Q&A from U.S. Soccer.
In the same Q&A, Klinsmann also weighs in on the ongoing debate over FIFA’s transfer window. It’s the Silly Season, as we know. And if there’s one thing to hate more than the Silly Season, it’s an extended Silly Season, one that is much longer than it truly needs to be.
It is distracting to everyone, players, managers and clubs alike. It becomes even more cumbersome – really, just kind of odd – when the window encroaches on the European season. Here we are a week or two deep into most leagues in Europe and the window remains disconcertingly open for another few days.
Here’s what Klinsmann says about it:
It’s wrong. There is plenty of time in the offseason for transfers to take place. It could be done by July 31 and it would be completely fine. It would be better for the players who are getting transferred, because they could still get in a little part of preseason with their new team. Now it just drags on until the beginning of September and teams are already in full swing. It messes everybody up, and it’s a lose-lose.”