August 12, 2011
Jurgen Klinsmann makes his debut ahead of Team USA
The first order of business was to make some changes in the team. Jurgen Klinsmann sent a message in his U.S. coaching debut with a simple but yet symbolic and profound gesture
By Stephen Lars
This might be a new era for US Soccer. Say hello to das trainer. They say that if you really want to take something and make it your own, you have to give it your own touch, your own style. It’s all about taking something that runs well, and yet, find a way to make it even better. The USA Soccer team had a very good run in the 2010 South Africa World Cup. Now, just two weeks after been appointed the new head coach of the USA Soccer team, German Jurgen Klinsmann, guided the team to a decent 1-1 draw against Mexico. It was a nice rematch of the Gold Cup final, and yes, despite the somewhat slow start, some substitutions in the second half made this a good game overall.
The USA Soccer team had a very good run in the 2010 South Africa World Cup. Now, just two weeks after been appointed the new head coach of the USA Soccer team, German Jurgen Klinsmann, guided the team to a decent 1-1 draw against Mexico.
The first order of business was to make some changes in the team. Jurgen Klinsmann sent a message in his U.S. coaching debut with a simple but yet symbolic and profound gesture. He stripped the names off the back of the jerseys and assigned Nos. 1-11 for the starters and 12-18 for the reserves. That was a clever move, in my humble opinion. He wanted to convey a powerful message. A soccer team that is capable of winning goes further and beyond the individualities that make up its roster. By taking down the names from the jerseys, Klinsmann reminded his players and the fans, that it’s all about representing your country.
Klinsmann only held three practices since he took over a program that needed a clear jolt from the top after years of lagging behind soccer's perennial powers. He’s going to need more time before he can really make that team his own. There is gotta be some changes and he’s sending a clear message: he’ll only take the best players.
Team USA had a good run in South Africa, but ever since then, it has been quite a mess. That’s when the USA team looked up for someone to get the squad back in top shape. There is a serious need for a man with character and the determination and know-how to make the US competitive once again. Truth is, Jurgen Klinsmann, one of the greatest players Germany ever produced, might be your best pick. After reaching the round of 16 at last year's World Cup, the Americans took a step backward this year. They were routed by Spain in early June, upset by Panama in Gold Cup group play and then blew a two-goal lead against Mexico in the Gold Cup final. It was hard to let that last one fly by. I mean, the US was up by two goals, and they let it all go south, literally. That defeat at the Gold Cup final cost Bob Bradley his job.
The game was a bit mellow. Mexico struck first early in the first half. Peralta somehow fired a crossing pass past Bradley in the crease, and goalie Tim Howard could not make the save for a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. Mexico would dominate most of the 1st half but changes in the midfield would change things around after the break. Rogers tied it for the USA in the 73rd minute when he tapped in a nice crossing pass from the 21-year-old Shea. Rogers had just subbed in for Michael Bradley, playing for the U.S. team for the first time since his father was fired.
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