ZIMMERMAN CRITICIZES KLINSMANN
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
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.
Mark WNY
Wednesday January 4, 2012 7:32 pm
PZ stop drinking and tweeting. Even with 2 wins as the USMNT coach, quarterfinals coaching Germany, and a poor showing as Bayern's coach - Klins has the right to call whoever the hell he wants. He has a WC championship. What do u have? Fake Americans? Grow up
PKisel
Wednesday January 4, 2012 1:54 pm
So a man or woman leaves their beloved country for a lifetime of service for said country and their children aren't American? That's not what the law or FIFA says. These are Americans. PZ sounds very bitter because he is not talented enough. There are Americans working and living in almost every country in the world. This is going to happen over and over. And if we expect to be a top flight team then we have to have a very high conversion rate for these players as well as foreign players born here, like Whitbread. How much better would we be with Rossi and Subotic? Are scoring and D our two biggest opportunities? Of course.
Ed C.
Wednesday January 4, 2012 8:50 am
First of all - Hector - thanks for your service man! Retired Army, myself. As for PZ... he's obviously just pissed off because he cannot make the Nats. As somebody said, he still wouldn't be there if our German born players didn't make the switch. PZ used to be such a nice kid too; when did he become so bitter?
eurofan
Wednesday January 4, 2012 12:03 am
this ladies and gentlemen is what we call a hater... so cry lil girl about how you play on a sorry team while the other guys play better than you XD
walk2000
Tuesday January 3, 2012 4:32 pm
I find this all very amusing until we have some games to watch. Zimmerman was a great talent as a youth player but he fizzled out...which is too bad. My son is almost two years old and holds a US(me) and German(wife) passport. I hope to move to Germany some day so that he and his sister can be closer to my wife's family. If he ever decides to play soccer I would want him to grow up in Germany because he will become a better player, pure and simple. If he were ever good enough I would want him to play for the US. Would that make him a real American or fake American. In the end who cares...if you are good enough you will get a call...unless you make asinine statements against the federation. Let's just change Zimm's diaper and give him a pacifier!!!! It work for my son when he has a tantrum.
Kyosti
Tuesday January 3, 2012 2:09 pm
Ben,
Zidane was born in Marseille, France, which as far as I am aware, is not and has never been in Algeria. But your point is well taken -- plenty of French internationals have been born in other countries and immigrated to France, gained French passports (if they weren't already born French), and excelled. This is really no different from many American players who were born abroad (Aguadelo was born in Colombia I think) and represent the US. If somebody qualifies for US citizenship and meets FIFA eligibility requirements, then they should certainly play for the US if they have the talent to make the team. Honestly, I have know idea who this Zimmerman guy is, but he is dead wrong about this. My son actually has three passports (which I believe is fairly rare). If he is ever good enough to get a call up to a national team, it would be totally his choice what he wants to do based on his rights, not based on what some chauvanist says who has no concept of what his life is like or whether he is a real citizen of whatever country he wants to play for. Ironically, we also see Americans with other nationalities leaving to play for other countries. Rossi comes to mind. It works both ways. Whoever said we need to improve our soccer infrastructure in the US to develop and keep talent here, makes the right points.
McQ
Tuesday January 3, 2012 10:38 am
Deal with it. It is a fact of modern soccer. Italy does it (Americans and Argentinians), Germany does it, France (how many Algerian born players? I believe Henry may have actually been born in the Carribean), Spain, Portugal the list goes on and on.

Who cares? (other than Zimmerman)
Hector
Tuesday January 3, 2012 12:55 am
OK, Let me understad with what PZ is saying. I served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, but because I am not USA born (born in El Salvador) I am not a real American. I wonder if PZ would have taken the time and risk to enroll in the Marines when his country needed his service after 911. The power nations in soccer draft foreign born players (Zidane = France, Cacao = Germany, Rossi = Italy, Canavaro = Italy, etc....). If PZ was any better than Fabian Jonhson or Chandler, he would have any of their spots in the USMNT. He should worry more about playing better than he currently is so that can speak with action and not trash talk.
Mike E
Monday January 2, 2012 10:06 pm
And Mastroeni came here when he was four. And don't start with Benny, either, he was five when he got here.
brent
Monday January 2, 2012 5:21 pm
PZ will be lucky to make it past the 3rd div in Germany. I never see him play, even on that team. He should head to the MLS where 3rd DIV German players are stars.
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