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Jurgen Klinsmann 'hugely disappointed' in son over tweet
by Mike Woitalla, May 23rd, 2014 2:17PM

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[USA MEN] On Thursday, Jon Klinsmann, the teenage son of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, stirred up controversy with a tweet that mocked Landon Donovan’s exclusion for the World Cup squad.

The coach addressed the issue at Friday morning’s press conference at Stanford University.

“I was hugely disappointed," the U.S. coach said. "I called him right away. He realized just a few minutes afterward what he’d done. He came out of school fooling around with his classmates and went off on Twitter, not being aware that he’s actually followed on Twitter.

“He has a huge admiration for Landon. He’s actually a big fan of him for many years. He has his jersey in his room. [Jon] was devastated yesterday and obviously as a father you put him in line. And he owes [Donovan] a huge apologize. It was highly disrespectful and he got his biggest social media lesson that he could imagine.”

Jon Klinsmann is a junior at Mater Dei High School and a promising goalie recently called into the U.S. U-18 national team camp. He has verbally committed to Cal, which has three goalies under contract to MLS teams.


16 comments
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 9:12 a.m.
    Hopefully, lesson learned. Jon learned the hard way that the internet is a tool of information, disinformation, and information that should not be spoken in cyber-space.

  1. BJ Genovese
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
    He got a big social media lesson??? Seriously??? This kid is on the lucky enough to a part of the U-18 BNT. On who his father is alone. Must be nice. I think he needs to be left out of the next few camps. His dad will assure he gets back in eventually of course but show him a true lesson here about respect.

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.
    Jurgen Klinsmann claims his son was "devastated"? I don't know about all of you, but I lost my respect to Klinsmann the father, let alone the son. I supported US soccer's decision to hire him 100%. I thought he was a breath of a fresh air. I was wrong. He screwed up big; and the most troubling thing is he continues denying the undeniable and finding all kind of unbelievable excuses. At least, he should respect USMNT fans' intelligence. Transparency is a commodity that is very rare these day.

  1. Lauren Montgomery
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.
    So let me get this: Klinsmann's son has "huge admiration" for Landon Donovan and yet is quite willing and capable of mocking him publicly to a very broad audience (Given the possible exponential reach of retweets). That's a very interesting definition of "huge admiration." Sounds a bit more like (co-dependent) backpedaling by Dad to me. Why is his son not the one seeking contrition publicly? As an alumnus of Cal, I'm less-than-thrilled that someone with such a low caliber of character has a commitment to attend and play there.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.
    Hey now, has anyone considered the possibility of LD being called up in case a player on the final 23 gets injured in training or during one of the warm-up games? Also, did anyone bother to read LD's own assessment and his statements that his selection was not a shoe-in and that he'd have to earn his place on the final 23? These statements were published several days before the surprise final 23 selection - I was under the impression that JK would announce the 23 days before the required FIFA date. Oh, yeah and then there's the case of JK's kid "shooting off his mouth before his brain was in gear" going to Cal, seems to me Lauren Montgomery, that there have been a sure bunch of "such a low caliber of character...(sic)" students and student athletes that have committed to attend Cal - only thing is that we don't hear too much about them do we? After all, Cal went after him - way before he, Jon, launched his stupid tweet. Oh and I al also a UC alumnus (UCLA) but can claim the UC connection with my a long string of family members attending a UC campus since 1948. Just Sayin'!

  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 2:35 p.m.
    I certainly hope the kid is not going to Brazil. I'd think a coach would have to wonder what a presence like that does for team cohesion for the U18s. And that Cal--the crown of the UC system--would wonder why the kid should be using up a place there. As a parent, I understand that Klinsmann and his son are two different people, the latter likely absorbing the prevailing teen California culture to his detriment. But the kid owes Donovan a huge and public apology, and if he has Donovan's jersey in his room, he should at least learn to spell Donovan's name.

  1. Kent Pothast
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 6:08 p.m.
    What is that expression ? Oh yeh. The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree.

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 6:38 p.m.
    Ric, it crossed my mind. But after what had happened, I believe Klinsmann will call on every forward and attacking midfielder on the reserve list before calling on Donovan. So, don't count on it. I believe there is deep hatred here. people could see it all along in the body language of the two together, especially in the Gold Cup. And in regard to Donovan statements before, it was just being politically correct. The true Donovan feelings came out today. check the press.

  1. Byron Clarke
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 8:50 p.m.
    Having coached youth for more than a decade I have learned one thing ... if a kid says something like that he probably heard it the car on the way home more than once. That is not something that you blurt out, but something that comes from a strong emotional belief that is ingrained by the parent. If the US goes 0-3 I wouldn't be suprised if Donovan doesn't hold a large press conference to retire from the national team ... a humble FU to Klinsman?

  1. Roland Barral
    commented on: May 25, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.
    The apple does not fall far from the tree. It is clear that the hatred of Landon Donovan is something that has been long standing in the Klinsmann household. JK has despised Donovan since Donovan's days on loan at Bayern Munich and, in his twisted mind, he has blamed Donovan for his summary dismissal as manager of Bayern Munich. He has had a score to settle with Donovan and he sought to settle that score at the expense of American Soccer. In his actions and words, Klinsmann's spoiled brat son has revealed the true motives of the injustice down to our American soccer hero!

  1. Roland Barral
    commented on: May 25, 2014 at 9:46 a.m.
    Byron Clarke is 100% correct!!!!!

  1. Bill Me
    commented on: May 25, 2014 at 11:57 a.m.
    It is obvious Kilns excluded Donovan for personal reasons. What son said confirms it. There is no question. Looks like there is no accountability for results and that is the bigger problem in our Usa national soccer at all levels. Free to do what you want and when you want without haing to worry about anything. you think that if Klins was worried about getting results he would leave donovan out no matter how much he hates him? I dont really love Donovan but he is undoubtably a top 23 player just for experience alone. You can match him with the worst 5 players on that roster and say he is even physically or even a liitle less but his experience and saviness puts him easily ahead of those guys. What is sad and should be alarming is how easy ussf makes it for their coaches to make those decisions. Lets not forget huge contract extension for Klins just last year. Does it still seem like the best idea?

  1. peter mcginn
    commented on: May 26, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.
    Klingsman's kid is a spoiled punk. Daddy got him into Cal and daddy will get him out of trouble. The issue here is the kid speaks the truth, not necesarily his truth but his father's truth. Where do you think that impulsive tweet came from? Does one think it emanated in a vacuum? The kid knows the friction that exists with his old man and Donovan and he exulted in having his dad show ole Donovan who's boss. Let's not kid ourselves this is about ego it's about staking claims it is not about winning the world cup. Yes, I know there is a snowball's chance in Hell etc of the U.S. winning but come on the 18 year old German American kid! Really, he is good and is going to probably really good but he is about as American as the Queeen of Enland and he has not even broken into the main squad in Germany! How is he going to make this team better vs. Portugual. I hope I am wrong but this is a personal issue being resolved in public and I think Donovan has every right to be surly and nasty in retribution; this is a slap in the face. I like Donovan, he is not a warm person but he is a pro who is brutally honest about his play others play etc. And if he is saying he is playing great and I don't hear anything from others to the contrary then this little tweet issue creates overwhelming circumstantial evidence that bad blood won over what's best for the team. Quite sad and I think fans should boo that brat when he plays for Cal.

  1. peter mcginn
    commented on: May 26, 2014 at 3:56 p.m.
    Klingman criticizes US. players for not pushing hard enough in the Euro leagues and for leaving to come back to the liliputian MLS and frankly I agree. That being said Julian Green plays for the reserves in the 4th division in Germany ( according to sources I have read) and so how does that qualify him for inclusion on the World cup team going to Brazil? How much better is 4th division soccer in Germany than MLS? I don't know personally could anyone weight in on this? Apparently it qualifies one German kid who switched allegieance at the behest of the U.S. national team. Was there a deal made..come on over...you go to Brazil...Oh yeah...I smell a rat.

  1. peter mcginn
    commented on: May 26, 2014 at 3:57 p.m.
    National team coach...

  1. peter mcginn
    commented on: May 26, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.
    Read Slate.com article on this issue. It is pretty insightful and sheds light on this deal from a very interesting angle.Clash of culture but nontheless a bonehead and very revealing nonstarter of a move.


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