Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
What lies next on road to Brazil
by Paul Kennedy, September 12th, 2013 12:58AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  men's national team, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[USA MEN] For Jurgen Klinsmann, one of the benefits of clinching a berth at the World Cup with two games to spare is to get a headstart on making preparations for the finals. That includes the crucial matter of making decisions on who to take to Brazil. If he's going to look at anyone new, that will have to take place quickly.

2013. Two double fixture dates remain in 2013: Oct. 11 and Oct. 15 for the final two days of the Hexagonal and Nov. 15 and Nov. 19 for teams qualified for the World Cup like the USA to arrange friendlies or for the teams still involved in qualifying to play off for the 11 berths that will remain up for grabs in November.

Seven MLS games will be played during the October fixture dates, but the MLS playoff has been cleared the weekend of Nov. 16-17 so Klinsmann will be able to bring in players from MLS clubs still involved in the playoffs, if he chooses to do so, for the two friendlies expected to be played in Europe.

2014. As a compromise to clubs to clear the international calendar, there be only one international fixture date in 2014 -- on March 5 -- before teams must submit their provisional World Cup rosters to FIFA.

In addition, FIFA designated May 19-25 as an official rest period. It had a similar rest period built into the 2010 pre-tournament schedule, but many teams began preparations immediately after the end of their league spring seasons.

The USA would be expected to play two or three home games in May before heading to Brazil. With its location as a stopping off point for teams headed from Europe to South America, the USA shouldn't lack for quality sparring partners.

Probably the most important issue to address is the length and scope of a winter camp. With as many as 8-10 MLS players in contention to make the final 23-player roster -- as opposed to just four in 2010 -- Klinsmann will want to gather them in January.

International Calendar:
Oct. 11 -- World Cup qualifier vs. Jamaica in Kansas City, Kan.
Oct. 15 -- World Cup qualifier at Panama.
Nov. 15 -- friendly date.
Nov. 19 -- friendly date.
Dec. 6 -- World Cup draw.
March 5 -- friendly date.
May 18 -- end of European league season.
May 19-25 -- rest period.
May 26-June 11 --
pre-World Cup friendly dates.
June 12 -- start of the World Cup.


1 comment
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: September 12, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.
    Clinching a berth at the WC should allow JK to take a few minutes to work on his "other " job!!!! I have felt from the beginning that JK had 2 objectives from Gulati: one was obviously to make it to the WC; the second is to upgrade the US style of play and ensure that future player pools are skillful enough to execute the new style of play. For me, JK has done an exceptional job in both areas, even though execution of the attacking, passing game has had its ups and downs -- first half in Columbus being a notable "down". Even though the "win now" crowd will be apopleptic, I hope that JK gives more than a second thought over the next few months to the players destined to take us to WC2018. For me that will really be JK's world cup.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Zusi celebrates his first post-World Cup goal     
[VIDEO PICK: MLS Goals of the Week] Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi scored his second ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 20] In case anyone had forgotten, the Galaxy is still to be reckoned with. ...
Galaxy turns out lights on Sounders    
[MLS: Monday] The power went out at CenturyLink Field in the second minute, and as far ...
What They're Saying: Louis van Gaal    
"When there is success, you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow ...
College soccer returns on NSCAATV    
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] The "NSCAA College Soccer Special presented by Continental Tire" will return for ...
Ibrahimovic scores wonder goal in Hong Kong    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Zlatan Ibrahimovic had the summer off because Sweden missed the World Cup, but ...
Sweet goal from Lewandowski as Bayern preps for U.S. tour     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazos] Bayern Munich, which faces the MLS All-Stars Aug. 6, has been getting some ...
2014 PDL All-Conference Teams    
[AWARDS] Golden Boot winner Dzenan Catic (16 goals) is among three Michigan Bucks players named to ...
Julian Green is happy where he is    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Should he stay or should he go? At 19 and still without any Bundesliga ...
Sacramento shatters USL PRO attendance mark    
[CROWD COUNT] After only nine games into its 14-game home schedule, Sacramento Republic FC has broken ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives