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Jürgen Klinsmann: Whoever isn’t on loan will be in ‘mandatory’ January camp

Oct 24, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

Jurgen Klinsmann AP

United States head coach Jürgen Klinsmann participated in a Q&A on the U.S. Soccer website, where questions ranged from personnel decisions to World Cup preparations. The coach said he is planning on an intense build-up regimen, where players will essentially get no offseason in winter.

If Major League Soccer players such as Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi and Nick Rimando want to be on the plane to Brazil, then they won’t get a break until after the MLS Cup final. Klinsmann said they would either go on loan to European clubs, or U.S. staff would hold a special camp for them to continue training until they get a “well-deserved” month-long break before January camp.

And that January camp will no longer be just for young prospects looking to break into the team. Players will spend time in Los Angeles and São Paulo, Brazil, during the camp.

“Whoever won’t be on loan in January or February overseas is going to be part of our mandatory January camp,” Klinsmann said (full Q&A here). “We expect everybody comes in. We’ll try to bring in some younger players, have a look at them as well because we want to get a roster together of 20 to 23 guys that is highly motivated and inspired to go into the World Cup year.”

Klinsmann singled out Alejandro Bedoya and Aron Jóhannsson for praise, saying that Bedoya’s move to Nantes is “what we’re looking for” from players and Jóhannsson’s focus is “really great to see for us.”

“It is very crucial for us that the players understand that everything they do now today has an influence on Brazil 2014 next summer,” Klinsmann said. “They can’t take it easy.”

  1. danielofthedale - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    The team would be better off if the MLS guys did not go out loan but took that extended training together. Landon and Clint have spent very little time playing together in the last year. Take that time to start building chemistry. Same for Zusi, those three could very well be the starting attacking midfield and it would be better for them to train with each other than spending two months trying to break into another team to play with a bunch of random guys.

    • bear06 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      If Donovan starts in the World Cup which he probably will then Zusi will be in the bench.

      • nappy25 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        The way Deuce is playing I’d rather have LD in the CF/CAM spot and Zusi on the right.

      • bear06 - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:01 AM

        Dempsey will probably get back on top form before the World Cup. He’s been dealing with some injuries since returning to MLS.

  2. drewvt6 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    as an LA resident who drives past Carson everyday, I fully endorse this edict.

  3. hildezero - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    On another note: I think Di Vaio, Henry, and Keane will get loaned out of MLS.

    • talgrath - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Doubtful, they’re all older players who will need the offseason to recover. Keane is the only one playing on a national team at this point, but Ireland isn’t going to the World Cup so there’s no reason for extra training in the offseason.

  4. midtec2005 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Word is that Fulham and Tottenham want Dempsey on loan, I bet he takes a couple weeks to heal up and then heads to London in January.

  5. braxtonrob - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    What are the odds Everton asks for Landon back?

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