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Klinsmann: Altidore Should Stay in Europe

  • SI.com, Wednesday, January 14, 2015 1:22 PM

In an interview with SI.com's Grant Wahl, USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he would prefer that Jozy Altidore move to a European club, rather than return to MLS. The out-of-form Sunderland striker is rumored to be on the verge of completing a swap deal with MLS for Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe. According to Klinsmann, Altidore should be playing in the UEFA Champions League.

“With Jozy, I just say it would be nice if I would see him one day in the European Champions League. Because I think he’s a Champions League player. He has that potential, the talent to do so.” The German continued: “Now if there is no solution in Europe for him, if the next solution for him is MLS, that’s totally cool with me. I have no problem with that. But from a competitive standpoint, it’s normal that a coach wishes that his players go to the highest level possible. Which would be in his case the Bundesliga or Serie A or La Liga or even the French league, if it’s not the Premier League right now.”

Klinsmann went on to add that he evaluates the situation differently for different national team players. For example, he said he supports recent moves by Brek Shea to Orlando City and Mix Diskerud to New York City FC, respectively, as well as Jermaine Jones’ decision to move to the New England Revolution last summer.

On the subject of MLS vs. Europe, he said, “It will always go in both directions, but for me as a coach the most important thing is that I see them continue to develop make the most out of themselves. And when I get the feeling they’re not making the most out of themselves, then obviously they will have issues with me.”

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4 comments about "Klinsmann: Altidore Should Stay in Europe ".
  1. Paul Estrada, January 14, 2015 at 3:03 p.m.

    I know Jozy just wants to play, and that is good for both him and the National team. But lets call a spade a spade. This is yet another example of an American player failing to establish a starting role, play consistently, or in Jozy's case, play much at all in a big league. JK is being politically correct here, but I am sure behind the scenes he cannot be pleased at all.

  2. Rick Estupinan, January 14, 2015 at 3:18 p.m.

    Why in the hell does this man worry so much about Altidore?,he was,and always will be a mediocre player,so please enough already.Worry about doing some positive for the US team,that they at least win the coming Gold Cup.

  3. brett wyatt, January 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

    Mediocre ? 30 goals for AZ say otherwise. He's our best Striker, and probably will be for the forseeable future.

  4. cisco martinez, January 15, 2015 at 11:24 a.m.

    Altidore is our best forward currently, but having him sit the bench at Sunderland is not improving his game. If you look at where he has played, Villareal, Xerex, Hull City, and now Sunderland, only at AZ did he receive considerable playing time and scored goals. Playing consistently will make him a better player not sitting the bench at top flight of the Premier league. I don't think Jozy is a mediocre forward, he scores nearly 1 out of 3 games for the National team, had a superb time at AZ, etc.

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