[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.”
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.