KLINSMANN DISCUSSES KEY ISSUES
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, February 27, 2012
US national team head coach addressed the media following Monday's first practice and he touched on a number of key topics.

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On Jozy Altidore status within the national team after struggling to regularly start at AZ Alkmaar.

Klinsmann was very clear that he was not happy with the forward not in the starting lineup recently with AZ Alkmaar and he added that the young forward needs to have good training habits.

"We want to see guys who fight for their spots," Klinsmann said. "That's the first message to Jozy when he gets here: We want you to be in the starting lineup. I'm not happy with it. I don't want to see you coming off the bench. He has to be ready in training every time. He can't be late. He can't be lazy. He can't be anything like that. This is what we want to see."

"They'll hear that every time they come into the national team camp. If over the stretch of two and a half years toward Brazil we see maybe they don't get that message, they will have a problem."

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On Sacha Kljestan's status with the US national team and why he has a tough time breaking into the team.

"Absolutely I know where he fits in," Klinsmann said. "But in his position, if it's the six or eight position, look at who we have. That's why it's tough for him to break in and it's tough for him to get into the starting lineup - even if he has a good season with Anderlecht. We see the games. We observe it.

I have my scouts go and watch him. [USMNT assistant coach Martín Vásquez] was just there at the Alkmaar game. But then we have Michael Bradley, we have Danny Williams, we have Maurice Edu, we have Kyle Beckerman, José Torres - all these players. So it's very, very tight. At the end of the day we decide who starts the game."

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On Terrence Boyd's callup despite not having any first team games at Borussia Dotrmund, Klinsmann revealed that discussions with Caleb Porter and Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp both played a big role. He also felt it was important to have someone to compete with and push the team's other forwards in Jozy Altidore and Edson Buddle.

"The reason [for Boyd's callup] is that he's doing extremely well with the Under 23s at Borussia Dortmund. He's training with the first team. I spoke weeks ago with Jurgen Klopp, the Doturmund coach, he's full of praise for [Boyd]. He was in a camp with the [US] under 23's in November and did really, really well. He was outstanding there. I talked to the guys who ran the camp and I also talked with Caleb [Porter]."

"[Terrence Boyd] brings an energy to the group. He's a high-pressure player. He goes at defenders, he goes at people. That's what he loves to do. From there he wants to go in the box and finishes things off. I wanted to personally see him. I wanted to get a sense for him. I want to introduce him to the group, and even if he maybe doesn't play, but he gets a first feel of what it means to be part of the senior team group."

"I want to push the envelope a little bit for the forward. I don't want anybody to feel comfortable. Not Jozy, not Edson, nobody."

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On the Rangers situation and Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu

It's difficult for us right now. We're looking forward to both [Edu and Bocanegra] explaining to us a little about what's the inside of the club. Right now we're judging it from the outside - which we don't know how it works with a club going into administration. I'm curious to hear Carlos and Maurice explain to us the situation. As they play their games and as long as they are starters, I'm good with it."
Taylorlalas
Thursday March 1, 2012 11:48 am
Dbar,

Zak has a nasty habit of getting hurt just when it looks like he is about to get called up. Look it up if you doubt me.

It has happened several times and often enough that you get the feeling Whitbread is trying to beat out Stu Holden for most international time lost due to injury.
DBar
Wednesday February 29, 2012 1:35 pm
There is an American that starts in the English Premier League that for whatever reason never gets called up and that's Zak Whitbread of Norwich City. His opportunity is long overdue and it's a mystery why his name never gets mentioned.
Primoone
Tuesday February 28, 2012 8:05 pm
Godamn right jurgen...good for you!
ben
Tuesday February 28, 2012 7:47 pm
Is no else concerned that Chandler is supposedly hurt again after putting in a full 90 minutes with Nuremburg?
Manny
Tuesday February 28, 2012 6:37 pm
Kinda happy we have yet to field a full strength team (Holden, Donovan, Dempsey playing together and etc..) Once qualifying comes around the competition won't know what hit them (not being able to study the videos of us with our full strength roster)

Like someone said below me I would love to see JK start Boyd instead of Altidore so he can send a message to him and everyone else.

I believe this team will show a strong performance because for players like Klejstan, Buddle, Parkhurst and etc it could very well be they're last chances to impress...
Terr4one
Tuesday February 28, 2012 4:27 pm
What is a destroyer? Is that a known slang for a certain type of midfielder or is it just your personal description knowthyenemies? If it is the former I'm curious to have that role described.

Tobin
Hoppy in ATL
Tuesday February 28, 2012 10:57 am
Very glad to hear Klinsmann caling out Altidore for his often-questionable work habits.... This is certainly not the first time that Jozy's work ethic/attitude have been called into question.... I think the fact that we have been lacking a true forward since McBride's retirement has allowed Jozy to coast a bit and take his spot in the Nats' starting lineup for granted. Now that we have an abundance of bright young forward prospects ready to make the step to the USMNT, Altidore could certainly use the wake-up call...

I was hoping that Verbeek had finally gotten through to him when he responded to an early benching by working his arse off and solidifying his spot in the starting lineup.. Now it seems that he is slipping again and back to fighting off Benschop for his job....

I would LOVE to see Klinsmann send the message home by starting Boyd and benching Jozy...
Brett
Tuesday February 28, 2012 10:08 am
It seems that everywhere Jozy goes the manager complains about him being lazy. That sucks! You can only hide behind your age for so long. Maybe Boyd is the solution.... ie lights a fire under Jozy's #$# or takes his spot.
Ed C.
Tuesday February 28, 2012 10:08 am
Come on now, when you say that Beckerman is ahead of Kljestan, well that's just ridiculous! I would even put Sacha ahead of Edu in the pecking order.
lvsoccer
Tuesday February 28, 2012 9:34 am
Its official no more hearsay, Jozy Altidore has poor training habits as reported by the present club and when he was with Hull. Jozy says he is young at 22 and still has time. Well 22 is the start of the prime of a futbol player's career and he better stop wasting time or else it will be all over too fast.
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