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.
Monday January 2, 2012 10:33 am
Carl and the like minded,

Did you guys know that you can serve in the military and not be a US citizen? And that non US citizens in our military have died in the line of duty in Iran and Afghanistan?

You can be ineligible to play soccer for the US but be eligible to die for the US. "Real Americans" indeed!
Monday January 2, 2012 9:15 am
Don't forget Earnie Stewart as well, he was born in Holland, played professionally in Holland for 95% of his career... one of our best players... born to the son of a US Airforce serviceman.

We've taken in Foreign Born American players since at least the 1994 Squad when the US hosted the World Cup.

This is a silly complaint... the children of our servicemen ARE Americans.
Monday January 2, 2012 8:10 am
These are sons of US military servicemen. They have nothing to apologize for. If Germany was begging them to represent their national team that's different.That's not the case for these players. If Landon Donovan is not wanted by the US then he should be free to play for Canada if the Canadian Team wanted him. Doesn't matter if he lived in Canada or not.
Monday January 2, 2012 12:04 am
Has it been 15 minutes yet?
Sunday January 1, 2012 7:54 pm
Rick and Alex, these German born Americans are not second rate player! They all are heads above Zimmerman. If they were not there Zimmerman still wouldn't be called in. You want to get rid of players not born here then you tell Stuart Holden, Scottish, he don't desreve a US spot. How about Connor Doyle, U-20 and U-23, from Scottland to stay away? How about Diskerud (spelled wrong I know)? The list is long Finding players with US citizebship anywhere is a good thing. JK is also developing young "home grown" players as well.
Sunday January 1, 2012 7:17 pm
All I hear is "dey took er jerbs!"
Sunday January 1, 2012 5:44 pm
I am in general agreement with Zimmerman. Using the semi-American approach was necessary to get the ball rolling (thanks to Wegerle, Dooley, Llamosa, and a whole bunch of other guys for tons of hard work), but the US should really make an effort to make our nation a better place to create soccer players.

I am also happy that our servicemen seem to be so horny when in Germany. If it helps us win. We should consider asking the Brazilian government if we could station a few thousand troops down there for a decade or two.
Sunday January 1, 2012 2:54 pm
These Germans are the sons of American military members. Something tells me they are true Americans, regardless of where they are born. How ignorant of some to suggest otherwise
Sunday January 1, 2012 2:19 pm
This is silly. Each of these players has an American parent and are qualified by birth, not by distant relatives. True, they may not have spent much, if any time growing up here, but that hardly disqualifies them. I understand the philosophical argument that about fielding a team of homegrown talent, but if someone is qualified to play for the US they are qualified to play for the US. They all had a choice, which was their right by birth, to play for the US and have done so. Throwing around claims about who is a "real American" is dangerous -- where does one draw the line? It doesn't sit right with me that the children of soldiers stationed abroad in service to this country should be called mercenaries. If PZ thinks that the absence of these guys would help his chances getting on the roster, he's tacitly admitting that he's not good enough to compete with them. I'd rather have a team where there is tight competition for spots than a feel-good group for semi-talented players like PZ who feel that deserve a spot without demonstrating the ability to have one. This isn't youth soccer, you don't get automatic playing time because your feeling would get hurt otherwise and there are no oranges at halftime.
Sunday January 1, 2012 11:56 am
Everyone is assuming that none of our US internationals would have played for another country if given a choice. Bottom line is, we'll never know. Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson are two very skilled and dedicated players with skill sets lacking in our current pool. Terrence Boyd is the most impressive player in the Olympic team. Chandler and Johnson are dedicated, Boyd has stated that he would love to play for the US.

Come qualifying, it won't matter the birthplace, they'll all bleed in a US shirt. Let's judge these players by the content of their character a bit more, and on their jingoistic vomit a little less.
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