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Jurgen Klinsmann on Jozy Altidore’s situation, USMNT squad and more

Apr 18, 2014, 12:25 PM EST

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Time is running out for U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann before he names his initial squad for the pre-World Cup camp at Stanford University this summer.

Plenty of USMNT fans have plenty of questions for Klinsmann, as the preparations continue ahead of the two week camp at Stanford before the squad leaves for South America.

Speaking to U.S. national team press office Michael Kammarman in the latest edition of Road to the Roster, Klinsmann first discussed Jozy Altidore‘s situation at Sunderland before moving onto chatting about what he will be looking for from his squad in the final camp before naming his 23-man roster.

First, here are Klinsmann’s thoughts on Altidore:

“As a striker, scoring goals gives you the confidence you need going into the next game. From the extreme positive, the same could be said for Jozy right now at Sunderland, going through the extreme negative,” Klinsmann said “At the end of the day you have to manage those faces and we all hope that Jozy keeps his head up and stays positive and waits for his next opportunity. Sooner or later he is going to score… I know why he is not scoring goals for Sunderland. He is a very important part of our team going into this summer’s World Cup. I’m so convinced that he’s going to do well there.”

Speaking openly about plenty of other topics from youth development, the USMNT fans and what he is looking for from his squad at Stanford, Klinsmann was honest and engaging in the interview.

Check it out on U.S. Soccer, right here.

  1. jdfsquared - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Begs the question of WHY Klinsman thinks he is not scoring goals. I’d love to hear more of his thoughts on that. (I’m sure they’re in a post somewhere I missed).

  2. bishopofblunder - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    The reason Altidore is not scoring for Sunderland lately is he hasn’t been playing much. Beyond that, Sunderland is a horrid side.

    • siris46 - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Other than 3 of the last 4 games, he had played in 29 of 35 games, most of those being starts so how is that not enough playing time?

      • siris46 - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        has played*

  3. seanb20124 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Great players create their own chances. I’m guessing Suarez or Rooney could score at Sunderland.

    • schmutzdeck - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      sean20124,

      You want to tell me how great players do that? Do they cross the ball to themselves?

      How many times do you think a player can tackle the opposing forward. take the ball the length of the field through the entire defense and then slide the ball under the keeper?

      I’m sure Rooney and Suarez would score more than Jozy. For one thing all those Sunderland midfielders might actually pass the ball to them. Then again my defense would collapse entirely on those guys because no one else on Sunderland would be a threat.

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