Confederations Cup playoff to cause USMNT headache in Olympic qualifying


With the U.S. losing to Jamaica in the semifinals of the 2015 Gold Cup they will now face the winner of the final, Jamaica or Mexico, in a one-game playoff on U.S. soil on October 9 for a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

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That will create a few issues for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Speaking after the shock defeat to 76th ranked Jamaica, Klinsmann agreed that having a winner-takes-all game to decide their spot in the Confederations Cup coinciding with qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio is not ideal.

“As far as I know it will go parallel in that time in October, with Olympic qualifiers and our playoff for the Confed Cup. We will figure that one out but obviously if you look at the youngsters like [DeAndre] Yedlin, John Brooks and other ones, Rubio Rubin and Bobby Wood, there are some kids in there that I would love to have at the senior level,” Klinsmann laughed. “But we will figure that one out.”

The squad will be stretched to its limits to make sure that the U.S. qualify for both the Olympics (especially after their failure in 2012) and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.

Now we are starting to see why Klinsmann was so keen to win the 2015 Gold Cup and negate the need for that playoff.

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Despite plenty of criticism, Klinsmann is determined to stick with the young players, even if the likes of Brooks, Ventura Alvarado, Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin enjoyed varying degrees of success during the Gold Cup this summer.

“We need to see them, we need to have them play those games,” Klinsmann said of his young contingent. “We need them to prove a point every time they come into camp. They are trying to do that in training and they are trying to do that in the games as well.”

As we mentioned earlier today, plenty of people are questioning whether or not Jurgen Klinsmann should continue to lead the U.S. after their Gold Cup exit to Jamaica. If he can’t juggle his side effectively to handle both a Confederations Cup playoff and Olympic qualifying in October, those concerns will increase.