Klinsmann discusses the state of American soccer

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54 Responses to Klinsmann discusses the state of American soccer

  1. TheFrenchOne says:


  2. Tyler says:

    He is very perceptive and insightful, much more so than Bob was. Makes you feel closer to the team when you are treated to such discussions.

  3. Ryan Nanez says:


  4. Dante says:

    Nevermind winning, I just want a coach that can’t stop talking. Klinsi would make a great politician. Oh wait, he is one already.

  5. Thorpinski says:

    I agree how many questions can one reporter ask about college soccer.

  6. marden08 says:

    Extremely impressive. He is very thoughtful and you can see how he could motivate most players. I think he is realistic but with in that optimistic that we can trend better over time and move up within the world rankings. Within the cool relaxed demeanor there are strong indications that he is very driven. My concern is that would have the same problem that I had as a coach and press too much when the team hits a dwonward period and risk losing the locker room. But all in all he is the man for the job.

  7. Colin in MT says:

    I think he does a great job of incorporating both the big picture- developing the game in the US- and the small picture of individual games. The timing for his philosophy and style is perfect

  8. MFP says:

    I’m sure this video is region restricted because the French broadcast media is in a frenzied bidding war over rights to this interview. But until that gets sorted out, anyone care to provide some highlights? Sounds interesting.

  9. Mike says:

    Nevermind winning?

    Win in Italy in Italy.
    Win in Mexico against Mexico.

    Why do people like you even bother commenting? Seriously why even bother showing us your ignorance?

  10. Dustin says:

    Well college soccer is terrible. And it’s important we get rid of it in favor of Academys and good Clubs like the rest of the world.

  11. Dustin says:

    Mexico wasn’t Mexico that game.

  12. 2tone says:

    Funny people say that whenever the U.S. beats a better team.

  13. whoop-whoop says:

    Get rid of??? Easy son. Why does the improvement of academies have to be at the exclusion of college? It absolutely doesn’t. The more opportunities there are to play organized soccer, the better. Talent does slip through the cracks, or develops at different stages. The best at 16 years old sometimes fall back and the mid-line players blossom. Having another place for late bloomers and forgotten players to grow is a good thing. Having another place for referees, coaches and fans to be exposed to and grow in the game is a good thing. Having a place for talented players not quite at the very top to play and gain an education is a good thing. It’s not an either or, the two systems can compliment each other.

    BTW- really enjoy what Klinsman has brought to UD Soccer. There can be no instant cures, but I think he has done a fabulous job of helping to kind of get the picture of a good comprehensive system in place.

  14. GW says:

    Since he never gave these kind of interviews, how do you know how perceptive and insightful BB was?

  15. GW says:

    You should stick to computer simulations of games since only in that scenario is Mexico always Mexico.

  16. whoop-whoop says:

    Dante- perhaps you could provide some insight into what it is you disagree with that he said? That would be a much more meaningful response, don’t you think? The funny thing about an interview is, in order to answer a question, one needs to talk. The head of our program having given his job lots of thought, with plenty of ideas and much to say about where he’d like to go is not a negative. I don’t get the idea he’s trying to sling BS, his responses are pretty sincere and valid.

  17. Old School says:

    I think it has it’s place. Not a huge fan of it, though, either.

    That said, what we do need to get rid of is this: basketball/football style substitutions in college soccer.

  18. whoop-whoop says:

    I watched the game and clearly saw a team playing in Azteca, wearing el tri-color with Mexico written on the front. That’s the thing about top level competition, there are no breaks and no gimmes…. wear the kit, own the result.

  19. chris says:

    hahahaaha get rid of it??? I cant take you seriously. What about California, one of the worst teams in the Pac-10 last year, they beat Serie A primavera teams in the spring and only lost to Roma’s by one goal, the winners of the primavera league last season. The problem is the lack of professional opportunities in the U.S. not the college system. Without college Dempsey, Buddle, Espinoza, Cameron, and many more would have splipped through cracks

  20. Udo says:

    I’m still struggling to find the quality that Danny Williams supposedly has. Grant it, he has been played out of position in recent matches, but I still don’t understand Klinsman’s devotion to this kid. There is a MAJOR drop off in central midfield with Bradley’s absence. Williams, Edu, and Beckerman can’t compare IMHO

  21. hogatroge says:

    Players can always increase their stamina/fitness when they get a pro contract.

    If only 14 players see the pitch per game, a lot of people will go through the college system without getting many minutes.

  22. hogatroge says:

    Williams has done very well DEFENSIVELY at an outside mid position, but he doesn’t contribute anything going forward.

    As far as most people can tell, Klinsmann keeps playing him there to try and contain speedy wingers from the other side, usually with decent results in that aspect. See games against Ecuador (A. Valencia), Mexico (A. Guardado), and Italy.

    His natural position would be as a D Mid, but he’s not displacing JJ90YC or Bradley any time soon. JK seems to think he’s too athletic to leave out, though.

    I still would have liked to see Gatt get a go there, though.

  23. Dave says:

    +1 on college soccer. They do have to change the rules though.

  24. Dave says:

    The problem is that the substitutions favor certain types of players who will never make it on a pro stage. And the rules have to change all the way down to the tykes.

  25. Mingjai says:

    More candid? Definitely. Hard to say on perceptive or insightful.

    Seeing the ESPN piece on Coach Bradley in Egypt leads me to believe that he is also perceptive and insightful–he’d have to be to succeed at that level. It was just that he was always so guarded in front of the media that it was hard to tell.

  26. SuperChivo says:

    Hogatroge is correct, if there is anything that has changed with Klinsmann it has been a commitment to numbers in defense. He has removed a striker to add a defensive midfielder to shield his center backs and, in Danny Williams, removed a winger to add yet another defensive player. I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing, we will get some upsets that way but I do wonder what will happen when we actually get scored on first.

  27. GW says:

    Watch a replay of the Italy game.

    Williams in midfield prevents the Italians from overrunning us there.

    When the US defense is under siege, besides helping defensively, he also serves as another outlet for them to pass to so they don’t have to boom clearances down field, a “target midfielder” so to speak. Williams is very good on the ball.

    If you are familiar with the NFL its similar to cutting down the passing lanes by deploying six DB’s.

  28. GW says:

    “I do wonder what will happen when we actually get scored on first.”

    Williams off, Zusi or another attacker du jour on.

  29. Juan from L.A. says:

    His analysis of Mexico is wrong. The U-23 was completely independent from Chepo’s MNT. The system was different (that’s why Gio was bench). Yes the Mexican MNT plays a 4-2-3-1 but the Olympic team played a 4-2-2-1-1 (or 4-4-2). In the ’10 WC they faced a very good Argentine team which they always struggle with. The key thing that happened for their success and continued success. Invest in youth (NT and clubs, esp. Chivas)=twice winning WC at U-17 level=making or leaving a footprint or BASE to work with or grow with. Then there is the 20/11 rule which forced clubs to play key U-20 and later U-23 players to play in their league. I don’t see this with MLS yet and therefore we will struggle.

  30. dan says:

    Boy I love this guy

  31. PD says:

    JK states it pretty simply and frankly it is not an either/or scenario. US soccer players NEED to be playing at the highest level 11 months out of the year. Split the NCAA official matches up: half in the fall, half in the spring. The more serious clubs can add to their schedules with invitational tournaments/friendlies with NASL and MLS clubs, etc. Sumemr months can be spent with loans/training stints at professional clubs here and aborad.

    Bingo- year round schedule. This is not rocket science folks.

  32. PD says:

    There are things JK brings to the table that Bob could not, that’s for sure, but don’t assume that because Bob Bradley wasn’t verbally gifted that he wasn’t a student of the game, had interesting insight into the game and the development of players and a national side or that he wasn’t/isn’t a great coach.

  33. I like that Boonbury, Teal Búnbury! says:

    Nice I got a shout out as a promising player.

  34. PD says:

    +1. He’s the right guy for US soccer at this moment in time.

  35. Dustin says:

    I like it when people bring up our College teams beating foreign teams in friendlies. It’s Utter BS for people who don’t understand football at all. If NCAA players were so great that they can beat foreign teams that mattered they would have contracts in top leagues around the world before they even graduated. Does that happen? Nope. Our Olympic teams made up of NCAA players and arguably the Best NCAA coach didn’t even QUALIFY.

    Take the wool off of your eyes. NCAA can exist sure but it’s proven to be not where quality players develop. Quality players aren’t even discovered there, they were quality beforehand and just happened to play College as well, everyone knew they were good before they even got to College.

    By all means get your education, but we’re not going to develop top talent with the NCAA and it’s system. Stop thinking it’s great for US Soccer cause it just isn’t.

  36. whoop-whoop says:

    Agreed 100%

  37. Dustin says:

    Ok. Lets hope that our suddenly dominant US National Team doesn’t get bounced out of the World Cup by Ghana again!

    Oh but then I’m sure it’ll just be the referees fault if we don’t make it far again. It’s always something, nothing to do with the fact that we don’t train or develop players properly in the US. Nothing to do with the fact that we play a Thuggish style of unintelligent counter attacking play in the MLS and the NCAA.

    Look I like JK and I think he can help…but it seems like there’s thousands of people under him that are operating in a system that didn’t work 30 years ago, yet they’re still pushing it.

  38. Tyler says:

    I liked Bob.

    But he didn’t have a future vision for the team, we know this. He did a lot of good for us though.

  39. Mike r says:

    You overate Mex they have never made it past the round of 16 outside of Mexico. So Argentina knocked them out in 10 ? So what they’ always get knocked out early.
    Yes they won some kiddy cups but Nigeria won lots of kiddy cups and how many SR level world cups did that translate to:

  40. GW says:

    How do “we know” whether he had a future vision of the team or not?

    Just because he did not tell you about it doesn’t me he did not have one.

  41. GW says:

    Who said the US was dominant?

    If you are referring to Mexico, the USMNT is with them where they alway have been just about even.

  42. Skyward says:

    I noticed that exactly, +1

  43. Old School says:

    “hahahaaha get rid of it??? I cant take you seriously. What about California, one of the worst teams in the Pac-10 last year, they beat Serie A primavera teams in the spring and only lost to Roma’s by one goal, the winners of the primavera league last season.”

    — Ironic. All I could do is “hahahaaha” after reading this.

  44. Jake the Snake says:

    Pretty much this, sure they have a lot more silverware but we will always beat them in friendlies.

  45. Jake the Snake says:

    Thats true, look at Argentina and Brazil, they win tons of kiddie cups, and have nothing to show for it.

  46. Nick says:

    Let’s face it college soccer is an after thought. The soccer community needs to abandon american football run colleges. Title 9 has ruined men’s college. If we want to compete academies are the only way to do so

  47. Turgid Jacobian says:

    We should do exactly what some other country does. Because we’re totally like other countries. In all the important ways. And all the countries take an identical approach. Because all the other countries are also identical. In all the important ways.

    We should structure and time our leagues just like in Brazil. No, in England. No, in Belgium. No, in Mexico. ‘Cause all the footballing nations of the world do things the same way.

    And all the footballing nations are like the US. And so on.

    Folks, Coach K seems to be clear that there are things that we can take from elsewhere, but there are things about the US that are just plain different. Pretending that we’re where and what we aren’t is a recipe for another 40 year WCF drought.

  48. Mingjai says:

    I agree. Just look at hockey–which is also a popular European sport. It used to be that the best players avoided NCAA hockey and played junior hockey exclusively. But in recent years, players have began to realize that playing NCAA hockey can still allow enough talent development for potential NHL talent. In the 2011-12 NHL season, a record 300 former US college players played in the regular season. Some of the bigger names include Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Joe Pavelski, Phil Kessel, Martin St. Louis, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas. Past big names that played NCAA hockey include Brett Hull, Paul Kariya, and Chris Chelios.

  49. jlm says:

    actually, almost all of the olympic team were professionals.

    do you really think college soccer is detrimental to the game in the US? it is not great at developing “world class” professionals as it currently runs, but it is a major part of soccer’s infrastructure in the US.

    Yes, it would be ideal if some major issues with college soccer were changed, but blaming it for any difficiencies that the US has on a global scale is simply not smart. Yes, we also need to continue to develop other parts of infrastructure such as youth development, coaching development, referee development, mls development, etc., but college soccer is a huge asset for the sport in this country.

  50. Leonardo says:

    13:23 – 13:34 Best part of interview. JK makes a joke; laughs; dorky (robot?) reporter does fake smile/laugh/lean forward; JK looks off into distance, realizing he is by himself.

  51. Todd says:

    What I took from this interview, is that Sunil Gulati is the reason why US soccer is not developing at a more rapid pace. We need someone who has played the game, represented the US on the international level, understands the US system, and has a plan on how to raise the game in this country. As a coach JK can only do so much, but it is up to the head hunchos at US Soccer to get the right decision makers to push the sport forward among the youth and professional ranks in this country.

  52. Langmeyert says:

    If Landon Donovan or any other American player were able to make $10 million a year playing soccer, America would be the best soccer nation in the world in no time….no development academy would be needed…

  53. Stephen says:

    To a certain degree, I agree with this. The best athletes in the US often come from poorer areas of the country and play sports with the dream of making it big. If soccer could pay their players more I agree you’d see an increase in the low and low-middle-class player. Much like you see in Basketball and American Football.

    That said, you’ve still got train them so a development academy would be needed.

  54. A. Ruiz says:

    If only there were a bunch of poor Mexican kids all over the US, our problems would be solved.

    Oh wait…..