What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann

"We started out with young players right after the World Cup with the game against the Czech Republic, where we see the talent. Every coach sees the talent but then you sound like a broken record and you say talent is only even 50 percent. We have other players where we are thrilled. Where was Bobby Wood two years ago and where is he now? And where was DeAndre Yedlin two years ago and where is he now? The Czech game, we gave the first cap to Emerson Hyndman, he disappeared. What is going on on the goalkeeper front? Tim Howard is 37. [Brad] Guzan is 31. Nick Rimando is 36. Where is our next wave? Holy moly. We lost that generation that didn’t qualify for [the 2012] London [Olympics]. Bill Hamids, the Sean Johnsons, the Brek Sheas, the Mix Diskeruds? You go through and make your own judgment. You go through it and we get back to our old thing where we say, ‘Hey guys, talent is only half of it.’"

-- U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, saying the USA has too many young players who should have done better are stagnant at the moment or regressing. (Wall Street Journal)
2 comments about "What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann".
  1. Gus Keri, June 3, 2016 at 11:59 a.m.

    Poor Klinsmann! He can't criticize MLS openly any more.

  2. Wooden Ships, June 3, 2016 at 3:29 p.m.

    Not sure missing the Olympic's is that big a deal. Not training and playing in the best environments goes against what we know when young. If you want to get better play against better.

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