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.