ZIMMERMAN CRITICIZES KLINSMANN
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, December 30, 2011
While most of the leagues in Europe are taking a break during the festive holiday period, there is not much news to report.

That is until former United States U-20 and 'possible' U-23 Olympic team member Preston Zimmerman decided to go to Twitter and rant about the handling of the US National Team by current Coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

In his lengthy Tweet post, the SV Darmstadt midfielder attacks the German-born coach for hiring "fake Americans". "Requirements to get on US National team under Klinsmann: Be a fake American, be born outside the US, have one US distant relative," he states in one of his tweets.

The Washington native, who has spent most of his young career in Europe, went on to fire a shot at recently called up players Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Alfredo Morales and Timothy Chandler saying, "I see the team is calling in guys who are really Germans who know they've got no chance of playing for Germany so they'll settle with the US." He later added, "I would just like to see true, real Americans who would live and die for this country representing our country."

However, as reported many times before, the players in question by Zimmerman have dual nationality and completed the necessary paperwork for the one-time switch implemented by FIFA.

The 23-year old also called out Klinsmann on his record so far as coach of the national team. "If Klinsmann was winning and very successful with his approach then my words would carry no weight, but I don't see any success," he said.

The former Bayern Munich coach has two wins under his belt along with a tie and four losses, but his job is still relatively safe as he attempts to guide the 34th ranked team, according to FIFA, in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

There has been no comment from the USSF or Klinsmann regarding Zimmerman's comments, but the chance of him being called up by the U-23s or senior national team will be in serious jeopardy.
Mumbles
Thursday January 26, 2012 12:45 pm
Who? Never heard of this player. This is a perfectly legal act. Dual citizen picks US over Germany. Almost all German norms US players are only born in Germany b/c atleast one parent is in military. Did you or your parents fight for our country Zimmerman? Even if all German born where not on team you still wouldn't make the camp. Your a pathetic she'll of a person. Actions speak louder than words.
Gooch_Onyewu
Thursday January 19, 2012 10:43 pm
Zimmerman is a moron. I know in Chandler, Johnson, and William's cases their father's were American serviceman who were stationed in Germany. Their dads were fighting for their country and who is Zimmerman to tell them they aren't Americans?
Grant
Monday January 16, 2012 9:54 am
There is a grain of truth here, but what do you expect if you hire a German coach; coaches always go with what and who they know best......however with the intensity of soocer now in the US and the growth of college soccer I cannot believe that there isnt equivalent or better talent right here in the USA. How much talent is being overlooked by the MLS draft setup to start with.
Bobby Humphrey
Saturday January 14, 2012 12:15 am
wow preston zimmerman is not only right but ray of hope.

he is telling it like it is.

others in denial ur so so sad.

way to go bc i mean we all know reality he will be buried but I am sick of athleticism and nationality interfering.

wake up dempsey and donovan.

dempsey even went to furman!

GO PRESTON!
Gerd Muller
Thursday January 12, 2012 1:21 am
I for one agree with Zimmerman. Klinsi is choosing players who have the pedigree of playing in the Bundesliga, so he knows they have at least the tools to play. MLS does not produce players that can keep up with any country outside of concacaf.
BUT - Klinsi hasn't really produced any results yet. It would be nice if ONE PLAYER he selects knew how to score goals.
Gary
Wednesday January 11, 2012 7:48 pm
Zimmerman is INSANE!!!!! what pathetic a hole. what does he know? he has no credentials to criticize Klinsmann.
Derek
Tuesday January 10, 2012 11:53 am
Kids don't choose where they grow up - these guys are Americans with parents who raised them in Germany.

This means they are now much better players than they would have been had they been raised in the US. Why not use that to the US team's advantage?
rah
Saturday January 7, 2012 12:31 am
Oh the irony. The "German" born players are almost all the sons of US Military Service men! So in Zimm's bizarro world the sons of the people ready to die to protect the USA aren't "American" enough to play for its national team?
JaLa
Thursday January 5, 2012 9:32 pm
I currently live in China with my wife. If we have a child here, at what point do we need to return to the US for my kid to be considered an American? 5, 10, 14? I wish Zimm would let me know so I can plan my life accordingly. You never know...
macka
Thursday January 5, 2012 5:51 pm
Zimmerman just sounds bitter that he's obviously not good enough himself to wear the USMNT kit BUT he is right about one thing: All those boys wouldn't hesitate a second if they would have received a call up by the German National Team coach. I kind of understand that a guy like Zimmerman - who would kill to get a call up - is frustrated that players who obviously use the USMNT as the second choice because they couldn't sniff anywhere near the team of their birthcountries...
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