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What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann
July 1st, 2014 9:18PM

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"It's hard for us to end up on the losing side after 120 minutes of giving absolutely everything. But this game had everything, it was a thriller. I have to say that what Tim Howard did tonight was phenomenal, outstanding and amazing."

-- U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann after his team was eliminated from the World Cup with a 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium. (FIFA.com)


5 comments
  1. Randy McKee
    commented on: July 1, 2014 at 9:32 p.m.
    Howard had all those opportunities to shine because he was left stranded over and over. Klinsmann has done a good job of developing the side, but his game management leaves room for much improvement.

  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: July 1, 2014 at 10:32 p.m.
    Klinsi was worried about Belgiums size, and yet he Selected small CT. Defender, Besler, Instead of Taller Stronger German Bundesliga player, Brooks... It wasn't until Wondo went up front, and Bradley/Dempsey slid back to Midfield, that US had any sense of organized play... And why didn't Klinsi switch Bedoya and Zusi, like he did with Davis and Zusi vs Germany..??? Poor Zusi was Manhandled on the right, and gave No Support.. Yedlin was the best Rt. Back in the WC.. Can Fabian play on the Left..??? He is the #2 Rt. Back at WC.. Yedlin-Gonzo-Brooks-Fabio... Future looks good in the Back.. Congrats to Beasley... Awesome WC.. Coach was Deer-in-the-Headlights today..

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: July 2, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.
    Johnson's normal position for his club team was left back so his ability to play there is not in question? Yedlin best RB at the WC? I respect that he had a good world cup and overachieved and has a good future, BUT Debruyne totally roasted him and was man of the match for Belgium. Yedlin has much to learn about defensive positioning; his speed can't bail him out all the time. His best efforts were when he was at RMF w/ Fabian providing the defensive cover. Still if he learns, his prospects for 2018 look bright.

  1. G O
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 12:34 a.m.
    Well, lets' face it. It's a goalkeeper's dream to be so much in the middle point for such a match in a Round of 16 at a World Cup. So let's not feel too bad for Tim Howard. And the later kick off matches each of these days do get more world and media attention. So don't feel bad for Tim Howard. This will be the match that defines him, though he's got well over 100 and many more for the a club like Everton. He'll be able to bask for a long, long time due to these 120 minutes in Salvador, Brazil. For Klinsmann, well, this match just illustrates perfectly well that he doesn't have a clue as to what he's doing. The 20 year old Yedlin was infinitely better than those he replaced for each of his World Cup 2014 outings. Yedlin was the US best field player; Bradley, always a starter with Klinsi, the absolute worst. Want to win the match (very doable against a Belgium squad with 7 guys up front who could not shoot straight at all - Mertens, Hazard, Miralles, Fellaini, De Bruyne scuffing away)? Get a guy like Beckerman giving grief to Fellaini and shutting down the big afro Belgian. So easy to foresee and counteract. Klinsman did not have a US striker on the field for the whole match. Wondo was useless. Why was he even on the bench? Can't win unless one scores. Yes, I know, practical wisdom like that is just not wanted here. This US squad has some strong players who need a good coach. Juergen Klinsmann is many things (and some good things for sure), but he is not a coach. He cannot , for example, turn Omar Gonzalez into one of the world's top 25 central defenders. Yet that is wholly doable. Omar has all the right material to reach that level. Where is Aguedelo? See? We will squander what Julien Green can offer if Klinsmann is left at the helm. Same for Yedlin. He will hit a plateau and not go higher, though he surely could. Jose Altidore ought to be the one that Klinsman best can coach, as both were/are big strikers. Yet Klinsman cannot coach. Now, if this is just about media splash and marketing, well then Juergen is your man. But if this is about taking pretty good raw talent and taking it to routinely top 10-12 team in the FIFA world, one could find a much cheaper USSF contract coach than Juergen Klinsmann.

  1. G O
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 12:40 a.m.
    "It's hard for us to wind up on the losing side...." No, it is not hard at all. If there are not strikers or any with real offensive skills (Yes, Dempsey should have offensive skills but they were nowhere to be seen in those 120+ minutes), well then it is not "hard" to lose. I cannot think of a dynamic team sport where it is "hard to lose" in which offense is not a key component for success. Maybe there is such a sport that originates in Stuttgart, Germany?


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