Klinsmann: 'This is about proving a point'

The countdown to the Oct. 10 winner-take-all match against Mexico at the Rose Bowl began in earnest with Jurgen Klinsmann's selection of players for friendlies against Peru and Brazil. There was heavy turnover with the return of Tim Howard and Geoff Cameron, who have not played in 2015, and Matt Besler and Jermaine Jones, who have not played since February. Out for the Peru game at least are nine players who started at the 2015 Gold Cup.

"This is really now time for the guys to make a really strong impression that they understand the situation we’re in because of what happened in the Gold Cup," Klinsmann said in an interview with USSoccer.com. "These games are not about developing things for the future. This is about proving a point towards the Mexico game.”

It's a good thing the 2017 Confederations Cup playoff game is more than five weeks away as injuries have taken a toll on the U.S. squad. Over the weekend, Timothy Chandler and DaMarcus Beasley were injured, joining Fabian Johnson on the injury list.

Clint Dempsey
again didn't play for the Seattle Sounders though he is scheduled to join the team for the match against Brazil. Neither Nick Rimando nor Kyle Beckerman was selected as Klinsmann said the players, both of whom played 90 minutes for Real Salt Lake Saturday night, were nursing injuries.

When you add in Klinsmann's decision not to bring back Brad Evans, that leaves only one of the five outside backs who played at the Gold Cup in the squad, Greg Garza, who was in the team for the group stage, was called up even though he has not been dressing recently for league games at his new Mexican club, Atlas.

The situation at outside back is the most dire, but throughout the lineup are major question marks.

"Some positions are definitely there to grab," Klinsmann said, "but you've got to grab them with a lot of determination and a lot of ambition and that's why bringing back Tim Howard now and Jermaine Jones and Geoff Cameron kind of signals the fight and the competition now happening between the older established ones and the new wave of players."

Klinsmann signaled an intense training camp ahead of the two friendlies.

"We will just want to make it very, very intense and competitive from the first day on in training," he said, "so the veterans need to set the tone and they need to understand that there's a high energy there."

U.S. Friendlies:
USA vs. Peru, RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.
(7 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1, Fox Sports Go, UniMas, UDN)
USA vs. Brazil, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
(8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN).

U.S. Training Camp Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), William Yarbrough (Leon/MEX)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Greg Garza (Atlas/MEX), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Tijuana/MEX), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG D2)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), Joe Corona (Veracruz/MEX), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt/GER), Danny Williams (Reading/ENG D2), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham/ENG)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen/GER), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER D2), *Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen/GER D2), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy).

Note:  Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) and Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) will be added to the U.S. roster for the match against Brazil. William Yarbrough will return to his club and be replaced by Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).
17 comments about "Klinsmann: 'This is about proving a point'".
  1. ckg beautiful game, August 31, 2015 at 8:52 a.m.

    Wow still no Benny, it's got to be personal.

  2. David Mont replied, September 1, 2015 at 10:02 a.m.

    It's always personal with Klinsmann.

  3. Santiago 1314, August 31, 2015 at 9:24 a.m.

    How Stupid is JK... Let's bring in the Players and make them "COMPETE and be Intense" In Practice.!!!... These guys are already Into their seasons....You want to BANG UP some more of them,.??. From an already Depleted Roster.!?!?...

  4. Kevin Leahy, August 31, 2015 at 12:24 p.m.

    JK holds no grudges. NOT!

  5. Ric Fonseca, August 31, 2015 at 2:52 p.m.

    Santiago you sure wear your feelings on your sleeve! So what in the heck do you find "troubling" in seeing the HC demanding that the players "COMPETE and be intense...(sic) (btw, this means the statement is attributed to you) Heck, I also used to tell my college players the same thing before the season started, and throughout the actual season of competition, and even demanded the same of my youth club players! As for Benny, maybe JK sees it different that us Monday-coaches wannabees...?...

  6. Santiago 1314 replied, August 31, 2015 at 6:55 p.m.

    Ric, I agree about Competing BEFORE the Season is Started,,, During the Season, you have Games to Prove your Status on the Field...World Cup Level Players, can't afford Injuries during Training Sessions, Prior to a Game...Especially when we are already Short Handed...I am sure you never liked to see one of your Bench Players, Break the Ankle of your Star or Starters...Back Up players need to earn their time, against the Opponent, not in Practice hurting their OWN players...

  7. David Mont replied, September 1, 2015 at 10:08 a.m.

    Because it's been the same few buzzwords from Klinsmann for years now: compete, intense, mentality, challenge, blah, blah... Words by themselves are meaningless. The truth of the matter is that under Klinsmann, the US national team has played with less intensity and showed less determination and mental strength than under his predecessors, culminating in the Gold Cup fiasco.

  8. Andrew Kear, August 31, 2015 at 8:27 p.m.

    I starting to wonder if even Steve Sampson was a better coach than Klinsmann.
    Brooks cost the U.S. the Gold Cup yet he is still playing.

    If Klinsmann loses to Mexico he will never have a chance of equaling the legacies of either Bradley or Arena.

  9. Santiago 1314 replied, September 1, 2015 at 9:44 a.m.

    Sunil has already said that Klinsmann will continue as Coach, no matter the outcome on Oct.10... I wonder how that makes Michael Bradley feel???...His dad got Fired for Losing One Gold Cup...If JK loses 2 in 4 months, seems like The Door should hit him on the way out.!!!

  10. Santiago 1314, August 31, 2015 at 10:32 p.m.

    If your THE NATIONAL TEAM Coach and you don't know who is in the STARTING Line-up; 5 days before the game, You Are CLUELESS!!!

  11. David V, September 1, 2015 at 2:13 a.m.

    can't we all just forget about JK, fire him already!

  12. Dan Phillips, September 1, 2015 at 11:40 a.m.

    Jozy Altidore totally sucks. Why does JK keep bringing the lazy sod back?

  13. Joe Bailey, September 1, 2015 at 2:28 p.m.

    "This is really now time for the guys to make a really strong impression that they understand the situation we’re in because of what happened in the Gold Cup... "These games are not about developing things for the future. This is about proving a point towards the Mexico game.”

    Gee, wouldn't it have help if our Fearless Leader had this attitude BEFORE the Gold Cup?

  14. Dan Phillips, September 1, 2015 at 5:04 p.m.

    Get rid of Altidore. Show him Outthedoor.

  15. cisco martinez, September 1, 2015 at 6:18 p.m.

    Nothing Klinsmann does surprises me. Sunil Gulati FIRE HIM! Bob Bradley did more than Klinsmann and he got canned, why is Klinsmann any different?

  16. Andrew Kear, September 2, 2015 at 5:18 a.m.

    At this point I would take Ron Jeremy as coach over Klinsmann.

  17. BJ Genovese, September 2, 2015 at 10:33 a.m.

    He needs to have Danny Williams in regularly.

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