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.


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."


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."


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."


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."
Tuesday February 28, 2012 8:20 am
I hope that Jozy really gets the message, returns to the fold, and learns to stay humble. He is still so very young, so I am giving him the benefit of the doubt (especially when he gets a start and scores two goals!). But, I can see how success goes to his head and generates this grandiose, self important behavior that leads to laziness, disrespect for team rules, and training schedules, slack defending when the ball turns over.
I hope he learns to wake up every day and think of why he is grateful for having another day of training and playing professional soccer, of playing for his country, rather than thinking about how today it doesn't matter if he is late for practice, or how he can go half speed and just ghost his way through the motions.
Monday February 27, 2012 8:52 pm
i think these are all great, open responses. hope jozy gets the message. i think his answer there is a bit of a clue as to what we've all wondered -- why isn't jozy playing/starting more?
Monday February 27, 2012 8:50 pm
If I am not mistaken, JK brought Donovan to Bayern Munich when he coached there. I hope it is bc he is truly sick and not a bad locker room vibe that many are suggesting...
Monday February 27, 2012 8:23 pm
I can't agree with you more Jamie, Its starting to look very suspicious how Donovan Always has an illness when is time to play for Klinsman. In the other hand I hope we can see a good solid 90 minutes from the USMNT.
Monday February 27, 2012 4:49 pm
I love the fact that Klinsmann is trying to bring a sense of accountability to these players, specifically to Jozy who always seems to fall out with his club. I am hoping to see Boyd play against Italy and I am starting to think Donovan doesn't want to play for Klinsmann.
Monday February 27, 2012 4:01 pm
If Klinsmann is thinking about a formation with two forwards then Boyd has a strong case to be starting . He is in form and match fitness where as Buddle is not. Anyways I am looking forward to a good game. You don't pull Boyd out of the U-23 camp where he was sure to be starting to the full National team camp to just sit him, and not give him any minutes.
It's sucks that a few guys had to pull out, but I am still hopeful that the USMNT will show well against Italy.
Monday February 27, 2012 3:41 pm
All the midfielders Klinsi says Sacha is competing with strike me as destroyers, rather than attack-minded midfielders (with the exception of Torres). Wonder if this means a 4-4-2, dual destroyer lineup v Italy. If Klinsi was going to trot out a formation with a CAM, seems like Sacha would only be competing with Torres...
Monday February 27, 2012 3:10 pm
Great questions. So far you guys are the first to report on the team since they arrived. Keep up the great questions.
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