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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.
Ben
Sunday January 1, 2012 8:53 am
Uhh - Where was Zidane from France?? Not hardly, he was Algerian.

C'mon guys, every national team in the world does this with the exception of the very cream of the crop - Brazil, Germany, Spain, Argentina. Even Mexico is using American born players in their side. Don't forget Rossi is US born.

Remember Thomas Dooley (German) and Pablo Mastroeni (Argentina)?
carl9
Saturday December 31, 2011 7:22 pm
I Agree with Preston, athough I don't think that it is smart for a player to be the one who is pointing these things out.

I'm not interested in watching a bunch of Germans takes spots from Americans on the US team. The whole point of the of the world cup is to bring together different COUNTRIES with different CULTURES and STYLES of play, rather than to bring together a bunch of "mercenaries" who sign the appropriate paperwork.

I'd rather watch us field a bunch of true Americans who put up a spirited fight and lose in the first round. I like Jurgen Klingsmans coaching style but not his reliance on carpetbaggers. Most of my friends who follow soccer really feel that something big is missing. It's difficult to say what is better for US Soccer. A good team full of mercenaries could bring more fans to US soccer, but on the other hand they might alienate a big portion of the existing fan base.

If the so-called "United States" wins the cup, will they play Deutscheland, mein Deutschland rather than the Star Spangled Banner? I've found it very easy to cheer for previous US squads. But I'm finding it hard to cheer for world
Rick
Saturday December 31, 2011 2:01 pm
Zimmerman is right about questioning what type of people we want to represent the team. Technically they can play for USA but should they? All of these guys are German through and through and would play for Germany first. Most barely know English and haven't spent much time in the US or know about US CULTURE. Jones tried and failed to play for Germany so he came to us. Go read the German press and you'll see. If we can't develop our own players, we don't deserve to be in the world cup. More Howards, Sheas, Dempseys and players like that need to come up the ranks. This is a desperate attempt to get talent quick. Don't compare these dual citizens with Klose or Zidane who lived most of their lives in the countries they represent. These Germans know nothing about the US and happen to be eligible by birth. Most never even got their US passport until they got called to the US team. My father is from Germany and I know enough about soccer there to tell you all that we are getting Germany's B-team, rejects and sloppy seconds. If you all want those types of players then what do you have to say about young soccer players here? Klinsmann is great but needs to stop getting any more of these guys.
Mojofc
Saturday December 31, 2011 10:39 am
Wow... Preston Zimmerman... weak statement.

They are technically Americans as well. If they choose the US, im happy for them.

Calling out your own national team players in the public is disgraceful.
chambre01
Saturday December 31, 2011 3:33 am
Alex- PZ is a third division player that doesnt even start. He wouldnt make the MNT in his dreams.
Big Will
Friday December 30, 2011 7:41 pm
I have to agree a bit with this twat. He had me and live and die for the country.
Alex
Friday December 30, 2011 5:54 pm
I hope that the US team coaches won't hold grudges. PZ clearly needs to apologize but if he does so, and then proves to be worthy of a call up, I hope that the coaches are big enough to look past this. I hope that PZ will be a bit more mature in the future for his own sake. If he publicly criticizes Jurgen Klinsmann he might criticize his teammates and club coach as well and that is going to hit him in the wallet.
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