[USA UNDER-20 MEN]Jurgen Klinsmann addressed the U.S. U-20 national team's qualification for the 2013 Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, the first by a men's national team since he took over as national team coach in August 2011.
On the significance of the U-20 MNT qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey:
“We’re all excited about the qualification for the Under-20 World Cup and it’s well deserved. I think we have a couple of individual talents coming through the ranks there, altogether it was very positive. I’m very happy for Tab Ramoswho is doing a tremendous job.
On what the U-20 World Cup represents for youth national team players:
“The Under-20 World Cup is a huge growing experience for these players. Playing there against all the other nations around the globe helps them, helps them develop, helps them to see if they’re still lacking some things and what’s the gap to other nations that may be better than we are. So it’s a big learning curve they’re going to take in Turkey.”
On what he looks for in U-20 players:
“Obviously, we look at the individual talent, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they connect with each other. There are a lot of elements we talk about afterward with Tab Ramos because they’re the future a couple years down the road. We want to see them in the men’s national team and we want to see them play professional soccer here in MLS or overseas, so therefore we’re really pleased that they made the big step to Turkey.”