Jurgen Klinsmann wants MLS-based U.S. national team players to train abroad after the MLS season so that they'll enter January's U.S. camp in top form.
"It’s crucial because we need to get our players up to speed," Klinsmann said. "Maybe we can send guys overseas just for training periods, not for trials. I can just call coaches and have them take this kid or that kid and have them go with the flow, and before Christmas [come back] and in January, he comes back to us.”
Klinsmann said that the U.S. would "never reach the global stage" so long as national team prospects were taking two months off prior to camp.
“We need to attack that topic because if they lose two or three months in the offseason, in this level where we want to get to, we can’t afford that,” Klinsmann said. “We can’t have a national-team player take two months off -- it’s impossible."