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.”