Jurgen Klinsmann weighs in on transfer window debate


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.” 

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SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01:  Tim Howard of the United States gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The United States takes on Costa Rica in a friendly tonight at Red Bull Arena, as the USMNT must put the Mexico match behind them and focus on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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The biggest inclusion in tonight’s starting XI is that of Tim Howard in goal, marking his return to the national side after taking a self-imposed sabbatical. It will be Howard’s first appearance for the USMNT since his legendary performance against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.

Klinsmann has chosen to go with a 4-4-2 tonight, and Geoff Cameron remains the only starter in the back-line from the Mexico match. He’ll partner with Michael Orozco in the center of defense, with Brad Evans and Tim Ream on the outsides.

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In the midfield, Klinsmann has put some speed on the wings through the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and recent call-up Brek Shea. Danny Williams joins Jermaine Jones as the central midfielders.

Up top, Jozy Altidore will play alongside Gyasi Zardes, who returns to his more comfortable position as forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins record fourth European Golden Boot

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 13:  Real Madrid football player Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his four Golden Boot Awards as maximun goal scorer of European leagues at The Westin Palace Hotel on October 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo has added another trophy to the collection, winning his fourth Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer for the 2014-15 season.

The award accounts for goals in league play only, which means the Champions League and domestic tournaments are not included. In La Liga, Ronaldo scored 48 goals in 35 appearances.

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Ronaldo first won the award after the 2007-08 season with Manchester United, and has now added three more with Real Madrid in 2010-11, 2013-14, and 2014-15.

With his fourth win, Ronaldo moves ahead of Lionel Messi as the only player to win the award four times. Messi has won three, while eight players have won two.

Below is a post from Ronaldo’s Facebook page reflecting on the award:

What a special moment in my professional life!

Winning four Golden Boots is a privilege for me and I’ll keep challenging myself because I want to do better every time and I want to keep chasing for more records.

I have to thank everyone in Real Madrid that made this possible and we want to keep winning more titles and more trophies. Thank you everyone.

Ronaldo alone scored more goals in La Liga play last season than 14 clubs did, which shows how prolific his season was. The only player to score more than 48 league goals in a European season was Messi, who scored 50 in 2011-12.

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While it was a successful year for Ronaldo personally, it was a very disappointing campaign for Real Madrid, who fired manager Carlo Ancelotti after finishing the season without a trophy.