Klinsmann: 'Tough times teach you far more'

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann put a silver lining on the last week's losses, 3-2 to Mexico in the Concacaf Cup and 1-0 to Costa Rica in a friendly, saying that the "tough results" will unite the team.

Klinsmann, in an interview produced by U.S. Soccer, said:

“I think as a team everyone is growing far more when things go the wrong direction than when things go well. When you have a couple of tough results and when you have a couple of defeats that are bitter to swallow, that’s when a team really becomes a team. That’s when players start to stick together. That’s when players and coaches start to solve problems and have discussions internally on how to move things in a positive direction again. Going through tough times teaches you far more than going through good times, and that’s what we’re going to do right now.”

The USA is back in action Nov. 13 when it begins its campaign to qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a home game against St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

"The bigger picture is Russia 2018," Klinsmann said. "Every competition and every game, whether it’s a friendly game or a World Cup Qualifying game and the upcoming events like a Copa America or a Gold Cup 2017, are there to build towards Russia 2018. That means to break in younger players, to help them grow and get through some growing pains. That means to build to chemistry and build new leadership within the group and to fine tune a lot of things over a couple of years because you only have a limited amount of time with the national team players when they join in from their club teams."

Klinsmann also addressed the U.S. U-23s third-place finish at the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament that means it they will need to beat Colombia in a playoff to avoid missing the Olympics twice in a row.

"You can see how competitive Concacaf is nowadays with the Olympic qualifiers," he said. "Our U-23 team won four out of five games, but unfortunately they lost the wrong one, the decisive semifinal against Honduras, but then they beat Canada and they now have the playoff games with Colombia, which shows you how difficult it is to get all the way through. But they need our support. They need to know that this is just part of growing and getting better. So they will get the job done in March and they’re also going the tough way, but that’s what the game is all about.”

33 comments about "Klinsmann: 'Tough times teach you far more'".
  1. David Mont, October 19, 2015 at 6:49 a.m.

    " an interview produced by U.S. Soccer"... pretty soon Klinsmann will answer only questions approved by him in advance.

  2. Nancy Jones, October 19, 2015 at 8:35 a.m.

    Does he ever listen to himself?? He uses the same old spiel with a few different words thrown in. If this is the way he motivates the players, no wonder he gets these results. Excuse me, I didn't mean to imply he is a lousy coach when we all know it is the players' fault!

  3. Santiago 1314, October 19, 2015 at 9:36 a.m.

    Looking at the picture above, I notice that Kasey Keller was the Goalkeeper Coach for the Mexico Game...Where was Chris Wood.???... His he still a Part of the USMNT staff.???

  4. Kent James, October 19, 2015 at 10:05 a.m.

    While it may sometimes be necessary to be optimistic in the face of adversity, these comments make no sense. A loss can show you things you need to work on (especially if you are not challenged in many of your games), and an unjust loss (a bad call giving the non-deserving opponent the victory, e.g.) might bring people together, but I find it highly unlikely that the last two losses helped unify the team, as JK claims. Getting dominated by your biggest rival in a meaningful game and then losing to a team that should be inferior is not the road to success.

  5. Walter Crawford, October 19, 2015 at 10:49 a.m.

    Jurgen can't get a break. If he tries new players and loses he should have brought in the veterans. If the veterans lose he should have brought in younger players. Every time you think this way remember how we defeated the Netherlands and Germany who played a lot of their best players. A good boss gives his subordinates his mission then gets out of the way and lets him to the job.

  6. Santiago 1314 replied, October 19, 2015 at 11:32 a.m.

    It should be a Gradual, Slow Transition, Because No One has Shown that they can Step Up for Jones-Dempsey-.....Best I see For November...4-1-3-1-1...《Howard{36}》// Johnson{28}-Brooks{22}-Gonzo{27}-Cameron{30} // Jones{33} // Zardes{24}-Bradley{28}-Yedlin{22} // Dempsey{32} // Morris{24} //

  7. Kent James replied, October 20, 2015 at 9:39 a.m.

    I have no problem with JK experimenting with new players (though if you change too many variables, it is difficult to determine the cause of the different results, good or bad). And I thought going with the veterans against Mexico was also the right move (with the exception of using a not fully fit Jones as an outside midfielder!). But during the game, when it became clear that we were conceding possession (intentionally or not, I'm not sure), we needed a fast counterattack, and he took off Zardes (bringing in Yedlin was smart, but it should have been for Jones), and he left on Dempsey (who was doing nothing, and seemed to be putting out little effort). And his treatment of Johnson was worse. So after initially being hopeful about JK's tenure, I am now in favor of replacing him.

  8. Santiago 1314 replied, October 21, 2015 at 10:54 p.m.

    Yes Kent, It's a tough Realization when someone You so enjoyed watching as a Player and had Hoped would be a Breath of Fresh Air, Turns Out to be "An Emperor with No Clothing"...I was in Favor of keeping him, even after the World Cup and Landon Debacle; Until he called on the Fans to Accost the Players in their "Everyday" Activities, In Order to "Motivate" then Thru Fear and Intimidation

  9. Nalin Carney, October 19, 2015 at 11:06 a.m.

    this team is all over the place.....there is no cohesion ....no real team.....a lot of players looking to make good for themselves. Lets get a coach who understands the american culture and do it with americans. JKs german american team is not getting the job done. Lets move on and get a new coach who will be able to put our team back together.

  10. johnny c, October 19, 2015 at 11:45 a.m.

    Anyone know the procedure to fire the president of US Soccer Federation?

    Who handles this?

  11. Soccer Madness, October 19, 2015 at 11:48 a.m.

    "It shows the rest of Concacaf is improving?" That only means we are not if they are catching up to us and beating us. Its not like they are beating Mexico. So while Honduras, Costa Rica, Jamaica have no Academy system or if they do, they dont have the money we are pumping into it, we add U12 and U13 to DA SYSTEM ?? Can someone please explain?

  12. Bob Ashpole replied, October 21, 2015 at 3:55 a.m.

    I would really like to know what USSF intends to accomplish by expanding the USSF DA team/league model to reach down to U12. Because I don't see anything positive coming out this. I certainly don't foresee any change in our current approach of taking the oldest most physically mature kids and then teaching them how to use their temporary physical advantages to win youth matches.

  13. johnny c, October 19, 2015 at 12:03 p.m.

    Costa Rica has an amazing youth program that was built alongside their newer stadium.
    Also, their youth system starts much earlier than 12 year olds. They are a tiny, tiny country When compared to us. But yet we lose to them.

  14. Soccer Madness replied, October 19, 2015 at 12:10 p.m.

    Key is Training compensation. They train and play to develop pros and profit. We train and play to entice parents to pay directly or indirectly.

  15. Soccer Madness, October 19, 2015 at 12:11 p.m.

    What about Honmduras and Jamaica?

  16. johnny c, October 19, 2015 at 12:11 p.m.

    SoccerMadness, how about eventually we fire Gulati and fire Kinsman and pay half of what we pay these Admin positions within our soccer federation and use the balance of the budget to fund U10, U11 DA programs....?

    That's how we will eventually be able to compete.

  17. Soccer Madness, October 19, 2015 at 12:20 p.m.

    I agree with 1st 1/2 of your statement. DA programs currently use that status to pump money out of parents that want to be there. Many players pay their way to DA rosters without deserving it. For the few DA programs that do give all their DA roster free play they then raise fees on the non DA players in club that hope to get there. MLS clubs use DA as talking point to entice youth clubs to "partner" with them agreeing to pay them a yearly regiustration fee per year plus buying expensive uniforms just so they can market with their name. None of this will change going U8 DA and it doesnt promote player development because we are not rewarding top player development with $$$. Training Compensation is the only thing that will work in USA. Our DA's will always take advantage of that honor by exploiting it trying to get the most $$ out of parents.

  18. Ric Fonseca, October 19, 2015 at 2:26 p.m.

    To Johnny C: Re US Soccer's Gulati, first and foremost, he was ELECTED to his third term, unopposed, and was thus elected "by acclamation," meaning those present at the AGM voted a resounding "AYE!" To remove him, not a chance,since the Exec Committee of US Soccer would need to convene, discuss the issue and then call for a special AGM, and as I understand, he's not paid a salary per se(see the IRS Not for Profit annual tax returns for US Soccer - available to the public as it is a 501(c)(3) organization. As for Costa Rica, do many of you recall that former US MNT Head Coach, Steve Sampson also served as Costa Rica's MNT Coach, and the former Southern Calif Soccer Association (adult)former president Frank Rojas worked with Sampson down there? Rumor has it thathe and Sampson may have been instrumental in revamping their youth structure. Interesting, no? And finally to have the moneys saved by firing the two guys you mention, would NOT help the DA programs since the coaches and administrators for these clubs would lose a solid income base. More on this later....

  19. Raymond Weigand replied, October 20, 2015 at 7:29 p.m.

    Bravo, Ric. Always nice to learn something new.

  20. aaron dutch, October 19, 2015 at 2:41 p.m.

    Ric & Soccer Mad are correct. Costa Rica has such a honest & realistic view of their position in football. They look for small tactical & technical changes in their system every world cup cycle. They make sure their best players are in europe & south america while they let their 2nd tier player into CONCACAF clubs while the rest stay in Costa Rica Prem Clubs which act as an integrated spoke to the national team. They have a great system of play, training, technical quality & form. They keep their head. They will do great in the Copa if they get a good group.

  21. Dan Phillips, October 19, 2015 at 2:46 p.m.

    And no more Jozy Altidore! Please!!!!

  22. John Soares, October 19, 2015 at 3:49 p.m.

    Yep! There is nothing like losses, especially embarrassing ones to motivate players.... and fans. WOW!!!

  23. Daniel Clifton, October 20, 2015 at 11:56 a.m.

    Does Jurgen ever get tired of hearing himself talk. It is such useless noise. First of all you need some kind of consistency in personnel and formation. Jurgen has not shown any such consistency. These guys play demoralized. They don't believe in their coach and it shows. Jurgen talks like this team is definitely going to the 2018 World Cup. Good luck with that one. Right now I am not even sure they will make it to the Hexagonal. Our youth system is broken with pay to play and that isn't changing. We can look forward to years more of this mediocrity. I am beginning to believe that US Soccer needs a good kick in the teeth to wake up. Not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup is a real possibility and would be a kick in the teeth. If Gulati wants to stick with Jurgen then so be it and let the results speak for themselvs. I personally am having a difficult time just watching this team play much less rooting for them.

  24. Bob Ashpole, October 21, 2015 at 3:49 a.m.

    If you want to develop a more technical style of play, then you have to have a coach who will select the more technical players and knows how to use them. In a recent interview a European youth development coach referred to US youth development as being 20 years behind the times and used the US U17 team as an example of big gifted athletes lacking basic technical skills trying to win matches with superior physical ability. Sigh.

  25. Daniel Clifton replied, October 21, 2015 at 10:28 a.m.

    Ouch. But isn't it the truth? The Pyramid is still upside down. Klinsmann has done nothing to change that. All he does is talk. His actions speak louder than his words. Your first sentence says it all Bob Ashpole.

  26. Santiago 1314 replied, October 21, 2015 at 10:50 a.m.

    At Least we still have Superior Athelets...But our Center Backs on this u17 didn't get the Article...They are Light Weights and Giving Up Too many Soft Goals

  27. Bob Ashpole replied, October 21, 2015 at 5:24 p.m.

    Santiago 1314: you make me want to laugh and cry at the same time.

  28. Santiago 1314 replied, October 21, 2015 at 11:01 p.m.

    Yeah, Exactly how I feel...After so many Years in the Trenches, It looks like things are Unraveling...Got to keep on Smiling thru the Tears...Maybe the u17 will Pull Through for us. ..The Women didn't look so Good, But then Coach Jill got some "Revelation" and Pull it Out...Got to Keep The Faith, Brother

  29. Andrew Kear, October 21, 2015 at 7:04 a.m.

    The results are in and Klinsmann fails!

  30. Daniel Clifton replied, October 21, 2015 at 6:42 p.m.

    When does the Titanic hit the iceberg anyways?

  31. Santiago 1314 replied, October 21, 2015 at 11:08 p.m.

    If u17 Crash Out and Nov WC Qualifiers are Bad, Maybe then...Throw in the March Olympic Team, Probably NOT going to Rio...I Don't think "My Heart can Go on Forever"...Sunil will have to pull the Trigger

  32. aaron dutch, October 21, 2015 at 7:03 p.m.

    you guys think the national coach and technical director can change anything at the regional committee or group coaching level. This is 100% political its an old boys & girls club the same people are recycled from USSF/ NCAA/ MLS-USL its a jobs program just like the DMV. Until you break this cycle nothing will change

  33. Santiago 1314 replied, October 21, 2015 at 11:09 p.m.

    True That...Just like Re-arranging the Chairs on the Titanic.!!!

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