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Klinsmann set to give glimpse of World Cup plans
by Paul Kennedy, May 26th, 2014 11:11PM

TAGS:  men's national team, world cup 2014


[USA-AZERBAIJAN] Jurgen Klinsmann says he expects the lineup that he starts against Azerbaijan on Tuesday night at San Francisco's Candlestick Park will be close to the starting lineup for the opening game of the World Cup June 16 against Ghana.

Just how long the starting XI stays on the field remains to be seen. Klinsmann said he expected to use all six available subs as his players may have heavy legs after the 12-day training camp at Stanford University.

He did caution that he might experiment with the backline throughout the send-off series, but he said the goal is to use same four players for the three group games in Brazil.

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The backline has been the biggest area of speculation as the national team went through the 12-day training camp at Stanford University. He has used multiple players at right back and left back during his tenure and then named three defenders -- Timmy Chandler, John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin -- to his 23-player World Cup squad who played a combined one game in qualifying.

“Hopefully, once we’re in Brazil and we have that first game, we’ll have the backline doing well and being consistent,” Klinsmann said. “In those three sendoff games, [we will experiment] because they are very, very tight for those spots and we want to give them exposure and time. So we will definitely make some changes to give them a chance to prove a point."

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At Monday evening's public practice at Candlestick, Fabian Johnson was working at right back and DaMarcus Beasley was at left back as they drilled with the U.S. attack, while Yedlin and Chandler worked with the four center backs and two holding midfielders. That would seem to indicate Klinsmann has settled on Johnson at right back, and the left back is toss-up between Beasley, the incumbent, and Chandler, who hasn't played for the USA in 16 months.

“With all of them in here," added Klinsmann, "we are actually very positive on this whole process."

  1. Charles Stamos
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 12:18 a.m.
    OK, we've moved on now past the LD debacle and it's time to figure out who our best 11-14 players are. No doubt about Howard, Bradley, Altidore, that leaves 7 spots open! including all 4 defenders! Lots of work to be done, FJohnson will be a good choice at right outside back, leaving Beasley as the best option at the left outside back, that position has not been adequately filled for years now, and it would be nice to have the two inside backs play together for say maybe a couple or 3 games! Good luck USA!
  1. Matt Stachler
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 7:48 a.m.
    I'm about tired of his experimenting with the back line.
  1. Joseph Pratt
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 7:59 a.m.
    The time for experimenting is over. The time for proving a point is over. You've got your 23, now it's time to build cohesion, and nowhere is that more important than in the back four! They need to use these sendoff games as an opportunity to work together, tighten up their communication and shape. The US back line has been shaky far too often, let's firm things up and get ready.
  1. Thomas Brannan
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.
    All these articles are supposed to be from Stanford Training Camp. 95% of it is human interest stuff. Was any journalist watching training? Was there any soccer analysis of training? etc. etc. etc. Would have been nice given the present situation. Soccer America at Stanford Training Camp: Mike Woitalla: German 'Tank' aims to serve on U.S. frontline Mike Woitalla: 'Good brotherhood' at U.S. World Cup prep camp Paul Kennedy: Dempsey 'privileged' to be Captain America Mike Woitalla: Tim Howard: 'I'll rest when I retire' Paul Kennedy: Timmy Chandler responds to Klinsmann's encouragement Mike Woitalla: Father's advice pays off for Fabian Johnson Mike Woitalla: DaMarcus Beasley's roller coaster ride on upswing
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.
    Good point Thomas, for those of us not privileged to observe the training, we have no idea what is really going on.There should be more scrutiny and evaluation by the reporters of the performance levels of the players. Then perhaps we would better understand Klinsi's decisions.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.
    IMHO, I could care less about who starts, the difference between the individual field players is miniscule. It's the team chemistry, team shape, and team mental toughness which will determine the outcomes...lest we not forget that the opposition in the first round could mean bad results even if the team performs at a high level. Being competitive and sticking to game tactics are key elements to judge.
  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.
    I agree Thomas Brannon, it would be nice to have some objective observations about how guys like LD and Goodson performed in the training sessions as compared to for instance Green and Brooks. Otherwise we are all guessing. If the cutting of LD was performance based, I have no problem with that.
  1. David Alper
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 1:36 p.m.
    Seriously, why all the fuss? US has zero chance of getting out of group play. LD should have been there out of respect for him and what he's accomplished for the US in what would be his final World Cup. Let's just hope they can stay ahead of Ghana. p.s. Take a long look at the horrendous youth programs. Academies all over that do little but focus on tactics. The 1 to the 2 to the 5 to the 8 etc. It's scripted soccer by the numbers even at the early ages. Any Euro or Latin American manager would laugh. Imagine if Dwayne Wade was never taught how to dribble or shoot, just move into space. Same thing. #pointless
  1. Brett Wyatt
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 4:04 p.m.
    Not sure why People think it's beyond the realm of possibility to advance through the's the probably scenario... Germany wins all 3 games, 9 points. USA manage to beat Ghana 1-0 and tie Portugal 0-0, 4 points. Ghana ties or even beats Portugal. USA through on 4 points.
  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 4:09 p.m.
    Historically if the US wins or ties there first game they've advanced to the 2nd round, however my opinion is that they must win against Ghana. As for Donovan, he should be starter and was a captain against S. Korea, it is pure arrogance on klinsmann part not to include him.
  1. Tripp Bradford
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.
    I also agree with Thomas Brannon. I've got no problem with personal articles, but that does seem to be all we get.
  1. Mark Landefeld
    commented on: May 27, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.
    Once again it is demonstrated that if you are looking for opportunity as an American soccer player, become a left back (especially if you some experience at left midfield)!

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