It was not the easiest of starts for Jurgen Klinsmann when he took the job of manager of the U.S. National team a few years back. Many claimed he was suspect tactically as a manager and did not agree with his different methods.
Were people actually rooting against a U.S. manager that had won a World Cup and the Champions League?
Klinsmann has always been a “learner” and if we look back on his time as German manager he ultimately pulled things together. For the moment, the moment, things are shining brightly for the U.S. manager:
*With three different squads, Klinsmann has achieved different winning results.
The U.S. is a-top World Cup qualifing in Concacaf, won the Gold Cup to become “kings of Concacaf” and now have pulled off a come from behind win in Europe which is the “gold standard” for Klinsmann.
It is now 12 wins in a row.
*Donovan back: Klinsmann has navigated the return of Landon Donovan which we all no is essential. The “soccer brain” and talented of Donovan is a must for Brazil 2014 and getting him back in the fold may be one of Klinsmann’s biggest coup’s.
* Expanded the depth: Klinsmann has used 61 players for the U.S. national team and is expanding the depth of the player from MLS and in Europe. Witness yesterday the inclusion of central defender John Brooks of Hertha Berlin and Aron Johnannson of Alkmaar. These are two examples of players that are thirsty to get to a World Cup and are increasing the competition. No one can get comfortable.
Brooks is 20 and young and pushing in a needed area of the team and Johannsson should good movement and technically sharp. Exciting and interesting.
*Altidore on track- The U.S. and fans are feeling that they finally have their out and out striker to replace Brian McBride as a constant. Altidore ripped apart Bosnia Herzgovina and his maturity is something to marvel at.
Klinsmann’s use of the press is also a positive for the game in this country.
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