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January 23, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said Landon Donovan will be part of the team this season, but he's letting his captain work out the timetable for his return from a self-imposed break designed to rekindle his passion for soccer. However, Juergen Klinsmann, manager of the U.S. national team, doesn't sound quite as forgiving. In an extended interview with Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal, Klinsmann appeared a bit frustrated with Donovan, who complained of physical and mental exhaustion last year.
April 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann hasn't made many missteps in his 2 1/2 years of coach of the U.S. national team. Still it was hard not to question last week's decision to jettison Martin Vasquez, his longtime right-hand man, and replace him with Tab Ramos and former German national team coach Berti Vogts. Sacking your top assistant two months before the World Cup is a little like a presidential candidate dumping his running mate after the convention. So was it an act of panic or prescience? It's too early to tell.
June 12, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Less than two weeks ago, Juergen Klinsmann, coach of the U.S. national soccer team, was under fire. His team had been embarrassed in a one-sided loss to Belgium, he couldn't settle on a consistent lineup and there were rumors of dissension within the team's ranks. All that's gone now. Because with Tuesday's 2-0 win over Panama -- the most complete game the U.S. has played in Klinsmann's two years at the helm -- the Americans have taken control of their regional qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a tournament that kicks off exactly one year from today.
April 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Landon Donovan on Wednesday spent the first 59 minutes of the U.S. national team's friendly against Mexico on the bench, a place he's not accustomed to being for that long. But it's a place Donovan, the leading scorer in U.S. team history, says he's willing to get used to if that helps the team and Coach Juergen Klinsmann in this summer's World Cup. “Whatever the team needs,” he said following a 2-2 draw with Mexico in the final game before the U.S. team convenes for its World Cup training camp next month.
October 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Less than a year after taking a self-imposed three-month sabbatical to deal with soccer burnout, the Galaxy's Landon Donovan may find himself working overtime if he hopes to secure a key spot on the U.S. team for next summer's World Cup. National team coach Juergen Klinsmann said this week that players who compete in Major League Soccer need to stay active in the MLS off-season, which begins after December's MLS Cup final. And he's urging the likes of Donovan, Seattle's Clint Dempsey and Sporting Kansas City's Graham Zusi to play on loan in Europe during their vacation.
August 1, 2011 | Wire reports
New U.S. soccer Coach Juergen Klinsmann thinks his mix of international experience and American knowledge will allow him to improve the national team. The former Germany striker and coach, who has lived in the United States for 13 years, was introduced Monday and he spent much of the time talking about how to mold future American stars, not managing current ones. "It all starts down to develop the next Landon Donovan ," Klinsmann said of the U.S. one day becoming a serious contender for World Cup titles.
July 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A dominant win in a tournament semifinal is generally enough to make any coach grin. But U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann grew so incensed in the closing minutes of his team's 3-1 Gold Cup victory over Honduras on Wednesday that Costa Rican referee Walter Quesada sent him off with three minutes to play. Whether Klinsmann will be back on the sidelines for Sunday's final with Panama will be determined by a CONCACAF disciplinary committee, which will review Quesada's post-match report and issue a ruling by Friday.
September 1, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
His hair is lion-colored, kind of tawny. His gray-blue eyes, ideally, should also have a predatory aspect. They should be focused, intense, prey-seeking. If he had talons instead of feet, it would come as no surprise. That's the way the world remembers Juergen Klinsmann, who in his day was one of international soccer's most feared strikers, a goal scorer extraordinaire for top teams in Germany, Italy, France and England. But 13 years in beachfront California have turned Klinsmann into a more laid-back character.
January 21, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Glendale, Ariz. -- Hey, America, Juergen Klinsmann has a message for you: You've fallen behind the rest of the world in soccer. Way behind. "Oh, yeah," he says, sighing. "There is still a lot of catching up to do. " And the only way to do that, he says, is to move fast. Really, really fast. So earlier this month Klinsmann opened his first winter camp as coach of the U.S. national team with an eight-day stay at a state-of-the-art training facility in Phoenix, where players had their blood analyzed, their aerobic capacity measured, their strength tested and their eating habits digested — but rarely saw a soccer ball.
November 10, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Spend a few minutes with Juergen Klinsmann and it's easy to see why the coach of the U.S. national soccer team has been so successful. His excitement is infectious, his commitment unquestioned and his confidence unshakable. Imagine Pete Carroll, only with a slightly rounder ball. Klinsmann even finds the positives in criticism, something that chafed many of his predecessors. "We all enjoy that because it shows that soccer is growing in the U.S. at a very fast pace," he said this month.
March 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Since taking over as coach of the U.S. national team 2 1/2 years ago, Juergen Klinsmann has repeatedly preached the superiority of European soccer. "When you watch Premier League, you watch the German Bundesliga or you watch Spanish football - Barcelona, Madrid - then you know the benchmark," he said. But with this summer's World Cup less than 100 days away, Klinsmann has softened his tone a bit. Not that he's had much of a choice. Because after the cream of Klinsmann's crop of European-based players was embarrassed during the U.S.'s 2-0 loss to Ukraine on Wednesday, it became apparent the team he will take to Brazil this summer will be dominated by players from Major League Soccer.
March 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Before last year, Matt Besler had never played a game for the U.S. soccer team. And when he finally earned his first start, he played next to the Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez, who was making only his third international appearance. Now 14 months and 26 combined caps later, both could be starting in Brazil in June, becoming the two most inexperienced center backs to play in a World Cup opener for the U.S. since 1950. That's news Gonzalez greets with a smile and a shrug. "I guess it's kind of cool.
February 27, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Having just spent his monthlong winter camp working with domestic players, U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann called up a team of primarily foreign-based players for next week's friendly against the Ukraine in Cyprus. The game, to be played on the last FIFA match day before preliminary World Cup rosters are due in May, is widely seen as a final audition for several players on the fringes of the U.S. team for Brazil. “You want to give them a chance to show where they are at and what's going on in their specific situation,” Klinsmann said.
February 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
With the U.S. in the final stretch before this summer's World Cup, Coach Juergen Klinsmann has challenged his players to step up and make a statement if they want to make the team. Chris Wondolowski proved Saturday that he got the message, scoring goals in each half to lift the U.S. to a 2-0 win over South Korea before a sold-out crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center. Whether that will be enough to earn him a seat on the plane to Brazil remains to be seen. But it sure didn't hurt his chances with Klinsmann, who admitted he came away impressed.
January 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
A year ago, with Landon Donovan in the middle of a three-month self-exile from soccer, his future with the U.S. national team was very much in doubt. But now, after a spectacular summer, his place on the U.S. roster for this summer's World Cup seems pretty much assured. Still to be decided, however, is whether he will start and where he'll play once he gets to Brazil. U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann prefers to line up with a heavy midfield behind a solitary striker, which figures to leave Donovan part of a crowded field competing for a job on the wings.
January 28, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Before Tuesday's closed practice at StubHub Center in Carson, U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann gathered his team together at midfield to introduce a familiar face. "Welcome back, Stu!" Klinsmann said enthusiastically. The players responded with a round of applause for Stuart Holden, whose return to training marked a significant step forward in his comeback from the right anterior cruciate ligament tear he sustained in July's Gold Cup final, the last of eight games he played for the U.S. in 2013.
January 18, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann is nothing if not flexible. So when most of the players in the U.S. national team pool ignored his suggestion to play in Europe to prep for this summer's World Cup, Klinsmann turned the slight into a compliment for Major League Soccer. At least that's how it sounded. "It's exciting," Klinsmann said last week in an interview with the Associated Press in Brazil, where the national team is holding part of its winter training camp. "The players who are in Europe, many of them big players, are now back in MLS. "MLS is getting better every year.
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