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Klinsmann urges players to be bold
by Mike Woitalla, September 2nd, 2011 1:32AM

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[USA-COSTA RICA] Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. coach for a month now, hopes his team sparks some fireworks against Costa Rica on Friday.

“As I said even before the Mexico game, we want them to express themselves,” Klinsmann said. “Definitely, it might be a little easier against Costa Rica than it was with Mexico.

“We want to show the people attractive soccer, try to play the technical style, high-pressure, high-energy and hopefully the players feel comfortable in doing that and confident.”

The key he says is not to fear making mistakes.

“I hope they will give it a shot, go at people one-against-one, that they try to do these things,” he says. “They also need to learn when they lose the ball they need to get the ball, like [Andres] Iniesta and Xavi do as well. …

"I let the youngsters go out there and make mistakes and I don't scream at them and criticize them for that. I encourage them as long as after the mistake they run back and try to cover as well.”



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  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: September 2, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.
    One point of interest, the USMNT needs to move off the ball more quickly and with intelligence; that is their achilles on both sides of the ball.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: September 2, 2011 at 2:47 p.m.
    I w: Hey, pal, how about just waiting to see how Klinsmann puts all his players in the right frame of mind. Leave the past behind, and focus on the new, change is inevitable, 'cause what you say, is that was exactly what the old BB did, and that became his achillesand consider it "water under the bridge!" Give Klinsmann a chance, for cripes sake!!!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: September 2, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.
    Forgot to also say that for the first time in m,any decades, we have a US MNT Coach who is no shrinking violet and is not afraid to talk to the media, hence, his assessment of players and his desire to let the players be themselves in a soccer related disciplined style is refreshing!


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