US Soccer’s official web site conducted an interview with Jurgen Klinsmann, and it’s not shy on nuggets for American soccer supporters searching for World Cup 2014 knowledge.
His comments on some perceived “out of the picture” players may come as a surprise to some, as Klinsmann shared his thoughts on Oguchi Onyewu, Brek Shea, Tim Ream and others. He stressed regular match time as a key, which does fit in line with his support for the Michael Bradley move to Toronto FC.
“We just want them to be on the field and build their case. We communicate with them, players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams. You have Brek Shea, who went down into the Championship from Stoke to play games and is now playing 90 minutes almost every week. You have Timmy Chandler at Nurnberg, who for six months has been doing a very consistent, good job. Jermaine Jones goes to Besiktas and will pick up the rhythm of playing games again.
“We follow the players that have injury problems like Steve Cherundolo, who is still having issues, and John Anthony Brooks with Hertha Berlin who is hopefully back next week. Same with Fabian Johnson who broke his arm and is hopefully back next week as well. Being in February and a few months prior to the World Cup, you want to see them all play. You have to give them a clear message that only if you pick up a rhythm and play week-in, week-out, will you complete one of the big keys in order to make the World Cup roster. That’s why we are really happy some of them now are starting to get their rhythm. This all plays a vital role in evaluating them, and then we have to make the vital calls in May.”
The US coach also says the March 5 friendly against Ukraine will feature mostly European-based players, as he has a very good idea what he’s working with in North American-based players due to their recent 4-week camp.
Klinsmann goes on to details his support for his friend, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, as well as Luis Gil and DeAndre Yedlin’s responsibilities moving forward. Read it all here.