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Klinsmann has no specific date in mind to make cuts
by Mike Woitalla, May 21st, 2014 3:36PM

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[USA MEN] As the USA’s World Cup preparation camp at Stanford University entered Week 2, Coach Jurgen Klinsmann made his second media appearance since the process of paring down a 30-man roster to 23 players began.

“We see them up close everyday in scrimmages and training exercise,” he said. “We see little things that give us just more and more information. Everyday is another day of more information that helps us. It teaches everyday some lessons.”

Klinsmann did not set a time for when he would start cutting players or announce the roster.

“We discuss that daily,” he said. “It’s part of our work. I don’t have a specific date in mind.”

The USA plays Azerbaijan in San Francisco on Tuesday, after which would seem a natural time to set the roster. It faces Turkey five days later in New Jersey on June 1, one day before the FIFA deadline, and Nigeria on June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla., before departing for Brazil.

On whether he’ll make all seven cuts at once, Klinsmann said, “Also that is still is open. We're staying flexible.”

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On Tuesday, the squad scrimmaged against LA Galaxy II, but how that unfolded was kept secret – except for Terrence Boyd mentioning that he scored.

“The main focus is getting the work done, get the sessions in … have it all kind of flowing,” Klinsmann said. “That’s going really well. Most of the sessions we stagger with two groups so it gives us more quality on the field. So we have an eye on everybody instead of looking at 30 players altogether. That goes well.”

Asked how much “freedom” the players have during the long camp, Klinsmann said, “It’s very casual but at the same time still focused on getting the work done.

“Maybe for the American players who are used to college campuses it’s kind of a normal thing," he said. "For everybody who comes from the European side it’s unbelievable. It’s beautiful. Going to different places on campus, mixing it up with the college students,  I think they really enjoy it a lot.

“The hotel isn’t far. Logistically, we couldn’t be in a better place. The climate is dry, it’s fresh and we can push the guys. That’s what camp is about. To push the guys. Because we have to build a foundation. The benchmarks are the best teams in the world. You got to get up to speed with them. It is demanding. The work for players here is very demanding.”

Klinsmann won't reveal much about about training is going, but his remark that he thought Geoff Cameron's best position is center back gave an indication of where he thinks the Stoke City defender might fit in the lineup.


6 comments
  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: May 21, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.
    Klinsy should have included Brek Shea on the squad. He is great coming in relief to pick up the pace!

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: May 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
    Dan, sorry Brek is playing like crap and deserves to be watching the Cup from home....

  1. Bill Lanagan
    commented on: May 21, 2014 at 8:24 p.m.
    Brek shea is where he should be and i love to hear that from klinsman about cameron. It means a cameron and besler in the middle pairing. I hope that also includes fabian johnson and timmy chandler on the outside. I think that camerons best position is in the holding midfield role behind bradley , but i think he needs to play in the middle in the back and put gonzalez on the bench

  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: May 21, 2014 at 11:45 p.m.
    Break Shea should be there; and if he is not playing at his highest level why is Gonzalez, altidore there? Clearly Altidore hasn't performed statistically for Sunderland and Gonzalez has been atrocious again Belgium, Mexico, etc

  1. Matt Cardillo
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 9:50 a.m.
    Cisco, forget playing at "the highest level," those players you named have actually been playing on a soccer field..with a team and a ball and opponents...and a referee. When is the last time Shea did that?

  1. Michael Fitzgibbon
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.
    Good news regarding Cameron at center back. Will JK consider someone in place of Besler too? Let's hope so. My concern is definitely our back line. Sorry, but Gonzalez, Besler, and Beasley won't cut it. Close but no cigar. I hope we are surprised with the final 23 and starting 11. JK will have to be very creative for the US to progress beyond the group stages.


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