Hired as the U.S. men's team head coach less than a week ago, Jurgen Klinsmann is expected to name his roster for the Aug. 10 friendly against Mexico shortly.
Although it was initially believed the announcement was set for Wednesday, U.S. Soccer officials told Goal.com that it could be pushed back to Thursday.
Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley as the team's boss last Friday and contacted five or six players over the weekend. He was expected to reach out to the rest of the players after Monday's introductory press conference in New York City.
"I pretty much have a picture of where they are at right now with their club teams, especially if you look at the overseas players, their personal situations, some without a club right now," Klinsmann said. "It’s not going to be easy to form a highly competitive team, but we will get it off the ground."
Don't expect Clint Dempsey to be in Philadelphia when the U.S. team takes on El Tri as his Fulham squad prepares for the start of the Premier League season. And some of the other players currently in European leagues may not make the trip, especially those who recently joined new club teams, including AZ newcomer Jozy Altidore.
But with a new coach, there could be some surprise additions to the squad. Klinsmann may want to make a statement by bringing in players Bradley chose to ignore over the past couple of years. The former Germany coach may also want to bring in a good mix of MLS players and young European-based players who may be available, such as midfielder Mikkel Diskerud.
"When you come into a situation like this, you analyze every individual player, the team itself and the program, which I’ll have the chance to do during the next couple of weeks, to see how I can develop them further," Klinsmann said.
“That was never a sticking point. It’s actually a fascinating point and I think, yes, the youth teams should reflect, again, the mixture of your cultures. It should reflect what’s going on in your country and there’s so much going on and that’s why I think Claudio Reyna’s roll is very, very important to find a path, with us together, how those teams should play and how they should be put together. There’s so much influence coming from the Latin environment over the last 15-20 years. It also has to be reflected in the U.S. National Team, and you have so many kids now with dual citizenship, Mexican or other Central American countries and American, so that will always be a topic to discuss. Obviously, you won’t have a copy in your Under-20 or Under-17 of the Men’s National Team because players are different. Players have all different characteristics, so every coach needs to find his own little path of how to put things together. But overall it should be a broader understanding of how also the youth teams should play, and this will be one of the main topics going forward. What started from U.S. Soccer with the youth academies, it will expand and will get bigger and bigger. All these discussions are important and also important for you, media, to have your say in it. I’ve talked to a lot of youth coaches, my boy is playing youth soccer, my girl as well, and they all wait for information. They are very knowledgeable on the youth level in this country but they also ask those same questions. I think there’s a huge opportunity to discuss things and bring different people in and hopefully define more and more how the style should look like.”
More about Coach Klinsmann
- Jürgen was a soccer prodigy from a very young age. Jurgen actually scored 16 goals in one game and 106 goals in one season as a 9 year old for his hometown Gingen, Germany soccer team.
"STFU or GTFO, I don't care if you wanted an American coach!!" Jürgen
Teen Heartthrob Jürgen (Oh Hay Hasselhoff!)