Klinsmann urges players to be bold

[USA-COSTA RICA] Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. coach for a month now, hopes his team sparks some fireworks against Costa Rica on Friday.

“As I said even before the Mexico game, we want them to express themselves,” Klinsmann said. “Definitely, it might be a little easier against Costa Rica than it was with Mexico.

“We want to show the people attractive soccer, try to play the technical style, high-pressure, high-energy and hopefully the players feel comfortable in doing that and confident.”

The key he says is not to fear making mistakes.

“I hope they will give it a shot, go at people one-against-one, that they try to do these things,” he says. “They also need to learn when they lose the ball they need to get the ball, like [Andres] Iniesta and Xavi do as well. …

"I let the youngsters go out there and make mistakes and I don't scream at them and criticize them for that. I encourage them as long as after the mistake they run back and try to cover as well.”

1 comment about "Klinsmann urges players to be bold".
  1. I w Nowozeniuk, September 2, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.

    One point of interest, the USMNT needs to move off the ball more quickly and with intelligence; that is their achilles on both sides of the ball.

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