Jurgen Klinsmann

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Once more, with feeling: Who could be the next England manager?

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It seems like mere months ago we were discussing who would take over for Roy Hodgson as the next manager of England.

That’s obviously because it was just 67 days ago that Sam Allardyce was hired as the next manager of the Three Lions, and 22 days since he oversaw what would be his only match in charge: a 1-0 win in Slovakia.

[ MORE: Ranieri laughs off England speculation ]

Now Allardyce’s mouth has engineered his exit from the job. How much has the landscape changed for managerial candidates?

Not too much. In no particular order, let’s look through some of the same names we studied this summer:

Steve Bruce — The ex-Hull City boss interviewed for the gig before Allardyce was hired. Is it as simple as going with choice No. 2?

Jurgen Klinsmann — The USMNT coach is again being listed by the oddsmakers despite the fact that England didn’t contact U.S. Soccer regarding an interview last time around. Has anything changed?

Gareth Southgate — The caretaker boss has worked with several of these players when they were U-20 and U-21 players, with his only other managerial experience coming with Middlesbrough between 2006-09.

Alan Pardew — The Palace man fancies himself for the job, that’s for sure. Would England really hire a ‘look at me’ man for such a high-profile position?

Eddie Howe — Bournemouth, and maybe Arsenal, fans won’t want to hear it, but the young manager would be a terrific choice for the job. But would he like running a team that doesn’t entail weekly game prep?

Harry Redknapp — If you’re looking for Pardew, only older and somehow even more sure of himself.

[ MORE: Dempsey out for 2016 ]

Other names on the oddmakers’ books are ex-Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, current Arsenal man Arsene Wenger, and Manuel Pellegrini (who is with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune). Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri has also been mentioned.

Allardyce’s issues really did no favors to club football in England, let alone country. The 61-year-old was hired in July, when clubs could’ve addressed their manager leaving better. Now in late September, the next England coach could wreak havoc on a PL team.

England hosts Malta on Oct. 8 in its second World Cup qualifier, before visiting Slovenia three days later.

Ex-Spurs man claims Klinsmann “changed the mentality” of Tottenham

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Gillingham are long shots to advance any further in the EFL Cup than Wednesday’s third round match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Gills manager Justin Edinburgh is extra excited for the match, having spent 10 years with Spurs as a defender.

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The League One match is reveling in the chance to manage against his old club at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, and reflected on his time at Spurs during a feature interview with The Daily Mail this week.

In it, the 46-year-old Edinburgh praises ex-Spurs teammate and current USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann. He said the German changed “the mentality of the club” and “the way I thought about football.”

From The Daily Mail:

“After his first day of training he went up to the coaches. We were training with balls that were all mixed, plucked from all over the place. He asked: ‘Are these the match balls?’ They just said, ‘We play with different balls.’

“Jurgen insisted: Why aren’t we training with match balls?’ It sounds simple now but back then it wasn’t being done. The manner in which we trained, the tempo, intensity, professionalism all changed with Jurgen.”

Klinsmann scored 39 goals in 68 appearances for Spurs across two stints with the Premier League outfit, part of a 277-goal club career (He added 47 for Germany and West Germany).

Wednesday’s kickoff between Gillingham and Spurs is at 3 p.m. ET. The USMNT is back in action on Oct. 7 at Cuba before hosting New Zealand on Oct. 11.

Klinsmann pleads for patience with teenage star Pulisic

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U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann may not bow to pressure from fans and the media.

At least for now.

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Christian Pulisic, 17, became the youngest goalscorer in U.S. World Cup qualifying history last Friday as he jumped off the bench to score twice against St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a 6-0 thrashing.

The Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder, born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania, was also he subject of intense transfer speculation at the end of the summer window with Liverpool, Red Bull Leipzig, Stoke City and others all linked with a move for the USMNT’s latest teenage star.

Speaking to reporters on Monday in Jacksonville ahead of their CONCACAF fourth-round 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Trinidad & Tobago, Klinsmann was preaching patience when it comes to Pulisic.

“It’s important to kind of give younger players time and have that patience,” Klinsmann said, according to the Associated Press. “And when moments are there to give them the minutes or the start, it’s not an issue. We just need to make sure it all kind of comes at the right time. We are all excited about a very special talent when it comes through there. He has a long, long ways to go, and hopefully he goes a long way for many, many years to come.”

Many are calling for Pulisic to start against T&T on Tuesday, with the U.S. needing just a point to seal qualification to the Hexagonal, the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Realistically, even if they lose they are through with a crazy 13-goal swing needed if they lose to T&T and Guatemala beat SVG in the other Group C encounter. It’s not inconceivable but certainly very, very unlikely to happen.

That is why Klinsmann should start Pulisic. He deserves to on merit too. Against SVG he looked superb when he came on and even if Klinsmann is trying to edge Pulisic into the team gently, his quality is there for all to see. Around the U.S. national team camp everyone has high hopes for this kid.

The U.S. is doing the right thing by wrapping yet another teen star in cotton wool but at this age Pulisic has plenty more promise than the likes of Juan Agudelo, Julian Green and even Freddy Adu before him.

In truth the Pulisic hype-train left the station a long time ago. Now seems like the right time to let him loose but it doesn’t appear as though Klinsmann will. Time will tell if that will be a wise decisions.

World Cup qualifying preview: Can USMNT finish the job vs. T&T?

KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 28: Christian Pulisic #17 of USA attempts to chip a pass past Guillermo Viscarra #23 of Bolivia late in the second half of the COPA America Centenario USA 2016 on May 28, 2016 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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  • A draw will secure qualification to the final stage of qualifying for the USA
  • Klinsmann’s side drew 0-0 at T&T last November
  • Geoff Cameron is only U.S. player to play every single minute of World Cup qualifying so far
  • The U.S. is 16-2-4 all-time vs. T&T

With qualification to the fifth and final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup all but secured (but still not mathematically), the U.S. national team will look to get the job done and finish top of Group C.

A win against Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday (kick off 8 p.m. ET) in their final game of fourth-round qualifying will secure top spot, with the U.S. never failing to finish top of their group during the semifinal round of qualifying since this format was introduced in 1998. If they lose to T&T and Guatemala beats St. Vincent and the Grenadines, then there would still need to be a 13-goal swing for the U.S. to not make it through to the final round of qualifying.

[ MORE: How will USA line up? ]

In short: Jurgen Klinsmann’s side only need a point to secure qualification to “The Hexagonal” which will start this November as the final six teams in CONCACAF will battle it out for the three automatic spots for a placeat the 2018 World Cup in Russia, plus fourth place in the Hex will set up a playoff with the fifth-place team from the Asian Football Confederation.

T&T — who have already qualified for the Hex and return to that stage after missing out in 2014 World Cup qualification — will provide a tough test and held Klinsmann’s side to a 0-0 draw in the Port of Spain last November. With Kenwyne Jones up top they have an abundance of power and goalscoring ability, plus the Soca Warriors know they only need a draw to clinch top spot.

[ MORE: Pulisic shines in win over SVG ]

This encounter will be far from routine as both sides aim to finish top and secure a somewhat more favorable through the Hex. If he U.S. finishes in top spot that will set up a home game against Mexico this November in the opening game of the Hex. We all know what that means.

A win for Klinsmann’s side on Tuesday and it’s “see you in Columbus” with another dose of Dos A Cero anticipated for a chilly November evening in Ohio. Sounds good, right?


Team news

The U.S. will be without starting right back DeAndre Yedlin due to a one-game ban for yellow card accumulation, while Matt Besler has been released from the squad to visit his newborn daughter back home in Kansas City. Besler scored on Friday in the USA’s win vs. SVG, the same day he found out his wife had given birth back in KC. Klinsmann has also revealed that Tim Howard will start in goal as he continues to split time between the U.S. veteran and Brad Guzan. Michael Bradley and Michael Orozco have joined the U.S. national team camp after being suspended for the game against St. Vincent and the Grenadines last Friday.

All eyes will be on Christian Pulisic as the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder became the youngster player in U.S. national team history to score in World Cup qualifying last week, as he jumped off the bench to score twice in the 6-0 win over SVG.


What they’re saying

Tim Howard on finishing first: “Having been through a few of these qualifying campaigns, it’s nice to finish first. I think we have to set that standard for ourselves. We’re always competing with Mexico and Costa Rica and we want that dominance. The only way we can create that measure of success is by finishing first, so yeah, it’s important to us.”

Prediction

The U.S. loves, loves, loves playing in Jacksonville. With T&T already through to the final round of qualifying, they may take their foot off the pedal slightly as they prepare for the Hex. That said, first place is on the line in this group with huge permutations in terms of scheduling for the final round of qualifying. I think the U.S. gets it done but it won’t be easy. 2-1 to the USA.

How will the USMNT lineup against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday?

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The United States is likely moving onto the final round of World Cup qualifying, where it will join Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, and likely Honduras (There’s an outside shot Canada fills the sixth spot instead).

At stake Tuesday in Jacksonville is the top spot in Group C, thanks largely to Guatemala’s upset of the USMNT in Guatemala City on March 25.

[ MORE: What it takes for U.S. to not advance ]

You could argue that winning the group is in some ways a defeat. While the Yanks and T&T would both prefer to earn all three points on Tuesday — a tie gives T&T the top spot —  the first placed team will open the Hex with Mexico at home and, probably, Costa Rica on the road.

While that also means that those matches are out-of-the-way, there’s a legit chance the group winner could find itself in a hole after a pair of matches.

Still, there’s little doubt the U.S. will go for the win, and Jurgen Klinsmann has a few things to consider when choosing his starters. DeAndre Yedlin is suspended through yellow card accumulation, and Matt Besler has returned home to be with his wife and newborn daughter.

John Brooks, Jermaine Jones, Clint Dempsey, and Gyasi Zardes will again miss out through injury, though Michael Bradley and Michael Orozco return from injury.

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There are so many challenges to this particular XI. Cameron has been an American rock and center back, so moving him to right back for Yedlin means the Americans would be down to their fourth and fifth choice center backs. That seems unlikely.

And what does Klinsmann do with a somewhat muddled midfield? Michael Bradley won’t be kept out of the lineup, and Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, and Fabian Johnson were all quite good against Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.

The most straight-forward changes would be this:

Howard

Orozco — Cameron — Birnbaum — Johnson

Beckerman

Zusi — Bradley — Bedoya

Wood — Altidore

Honestly, it seems fairly likely. Though some minor changes are possible:

  • Cameron goes to right back, and Omar Gonzalez pairs with Birnbaum at CB.
  • Acosta, Johnson stay on left, Bedoya moves to right mid, Zusi out.
  • Bradley lies deep, Beckerman comes out.
  • Bradley and Beckerman play deep; Wood, Bedoya, Johnson beneath Altidore.

Now those are all assuming that Klinsmann doesn’t opt to insert Sacha Kljestan and/or Christian Pulisic after scintillating turns as 66th minute subs against SVG. The idea of trying both of them before the Hex is more than for entertainment purposes.

Here’s a way Klinsmann could do it:

Howard

Orozco — Cameron — Birnbaum — Johnson

Bradley

 Kljestan — Bedoya — Pulisic

Wood — Altidore

What do you think?