USMNT: Jurgen Klinsmann Wasting Opportunity to Build Chemistry
United States Men’s National Team skipper Jurgen Klinsmann has done wonderful things for the squad since taking over for Bob Bradley on July 29, 2011. On Feb. 29, 2012, he lead the USMNT to a 1-0 over Italy in Genoa, a result that broke Italy’s 20 match winning streak at the stadium. Later that year, the United States defeated Mexico for the first time ever at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
This year, the USMNT finished first in the CONCACAF hexagonal, ensuring that the United States would participate in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and had a 12-match winning streak at one point — the longest in national team history.
Klinsmann is making a very big mistake insisting that his big stars (Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan & Graham Zusi) seek loans in Europe after their MLS seasons are over. The point is very simple: Klinsmann wants his players to get as many minutes as possible to keep sharp before the World Cup.
Klinsmann has a mandatory camp scheduled for players hoping to make the World Cup squad in January that is to be split between Los Angeles, CA and Sao Paulo, Brazil. By keeping players like Dempsey, Donovan and Zusi at this camp, Klinsmann has a prime opportunity to closely monitor each one of his players instead of having to watch them from overseas. He can control the amount of time they spend on the pitch, as well as keep tabs on fitness levels.
The fitness level of the players is another big advantage that Klinsmann will have once the World Cup rolls around, especially with the amount of players from MLS that project to be on the team. The World Cup kicks off on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is right in the middle of the MLS season.
These players like Dempsey, Donovan, Zusi, Kyle Beckerman and Brad Evans will all be in midseason form when the tournament begins, as opposed to the European players whose bodies will be used in offseason mode.
The biggest key, though, is that he can start building chemistry within the team by working on the little things such as set pieces and counterattacks. The thing that makes an NFL quarterback successful is knowing where his receivers will be at all times. He has a big opportunity to build team chemistry long before the European or South American teams will have a chance to when they all go to their respective camps after the European season ends in May, so why waste it?