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Highlights of Jürgen Klinsmann’s Aug. 29 media conference call

Aug 29, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

United States head coach Jürgen Klinsmann spoke to media members via conference call on Thursday about half an hour after announcing his roster for World Cup qualifiers at Costa Rica and against Mexico in September. Interesting quotes and other highlights embedded below.

  1. danielofthedale - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    A win in Costa Rica would be massive and keep out slight shot at climbing into the seated pool for the World Cup draw alive. That said the Mexico game is the bigger game. Protecting all three points at home is vital. With that in mind I say leave Bradley on the bench for the Costa Rica game and start Cameron with Jones. This does a couple of things, one it makes sure we will see Bradley start against Mexico, two it gives us another shot to see Cameron in the DM role which I think is his best part, third it means Jones could pick a yellow card in Costa Rica and miss the Mexico game and we get another look at the Bradley-Cameron partnership which just might be the best one for the team.

  2. hildezero - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Lichaj, Ream, Spector, and Whitbread are better than Orozco and each of those players can play for a minimum of two defensive positions. So I really don’t know why Klinsy keeps calling up Orozco. Every game he has played for the US, has always played bad, except in the latest Gold Cup. Maybe he’s just calling him, because since the US are playing against Mexico.

  3. paxonst - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    No disrespect, but you cannot leave Bradley out of the lineup against Costa Riica. This game could conceivably qualify us for trhe WC fianal. You can’t “pick and choose” your wins. The USMNT is playing the best soccer they’ve ever played, mainly because we finally have some depth. I understand there is a short turnaround, but this game (Costa Rica) is too important not to put out your very best XI.

  4. hildezero - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I agree.

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