Jurgen Klinsmann cites fitness levels as issue for U.S. national team after winless streak

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After one win in the USA’s last nine games, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has given reporters with the team out in California a little bit of an update on where the USMNT are at.

The U.S. national team have lost five-straight friendly games with a familiar trend occurring through most of those defeats: second-half collapses.

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In the recent 3-2 defeat to Chile the U.S. were winning 2-1 with 25 minutes to go but coughed up late goals. The same happened against Colombia last November and in draws against Honduras and Ecuador last October.  We’ve spoken about that trend before here, but Klinsmann’s comments on where his squad is currently at has much to do with players from MLS getting back into the groove after their offseason.

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Below is a snippet from the USMNT head coach, and you can read more of his latest comments at MLSsoccer.com from Scott French. 

“In many different ways, [the results are] explainable,” Klinsmann said. “The tension drops after the World Cup. I think all of the teams go through that, but I think the more experienced teams, the teams that have far more peer pressure in their environment, they maybe allow themselves to drop 10 or 20 percent and not 30 or 50 percent. That is the difference to what we deal with [in] the aftermath of the World Cup in Brazil.”

Klinsmann also touched on the fact that he and his staff have given players fitness schedules to follow over the offseason, and had some interesting things to say about that.

“But the culture is not there. They’ve got all the material,” Klinsmann added. “They should have done that [work] twice a day, but reality is still different. Reality is, education-wise, we are not there yet, that they understand, ‘Oh, I’ve got to do this, I’ve got to do that.’ It’s a lot to discuss. It’s fine. It’s just where we are right now, and we want to keep improving.”