Posted September 17, 2013

Watch: Jurgen Klinsmann talks about Mexico win, final two qualifiers

U.S. men's national team, World Cup qualifying
Jurgen Klinsmann juggles a ball prior to a training session two weeks ago. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klinsmann juggles a ball prior to a training session two weeks ago. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klinsmann perfectly summed up the Hexagonal experience in a video released by U.S. Soccer on Tuesday:

“Yes, it’s expected [to qualify for the World Cup]. But it’s still a very, very difficult task,” he said.

The U.S. booked a spot in its seventh consecutive World Cup last week. The outcome never should have been in doubt. But the path can be treacherous. It isn’t easy, Klinsmann said, to go into Central America or the Caribbean and come away with points. Nor is it easy to re-establish momentum once it’s gone.

“I think Mexico is the biggest example for that,” Klinsmann said. “They haven’t done that much wrong. They just didn’t get enough points to kind of have a calmer environment … And they have to pay the price right now for it.”

At the conclusion of his short, post-qualification debrief, Klinsmann re-iterated his promise to take the final two qualifiers seriously. The U.S. will host Jamaica on Oct. 11 at Sporting Park in Kansas City than travel to Panama for the finale four days later.

“Our approach is six points. We want to win these two games badly and we’re going to bring in the best players,” he said, adding that he wanted to finish off a successful 2013 on a high note.

“We owe that [to] the fans,” he said. “We want a party there as well. So that’s how we approach it.”

Here’s the full video, which includes a cool shot of the U.S. locker room inside Crew Stadium at the moment qualification was secured:

7 comments
rjf
rjf

Two quick thoughts:

1) Just saw the video of the sham that was the Matt Besler yellow card vs. Costa Rica. Was there no way to have had CONCACAF or FIFA review that video and rescind the card? That was an absolute joke. The Costa Rican player should have received a yellow for simulation. I think the referee had to have heard the instructions incorrectly from the AR, because no way Besler should have received a card.

2) While I think the U.S. shouldn't take these two games lightly, I also think they should be a chance for some youngsters who are the future of the national team (I think of Brooks and Johannsson, for starters) to get their feet wet in international play in a low-pressure environment.

SweetLightCrude
SweetLightCrude

I am not sure they're playing a style of game they can win against the best, but before they had to depend on lucky counters or something like that to have a chance against even against mediocre teams. At least now they're playing a style and should be a steady presence in, oh, the top 10-20 teams in the world.

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

I'm a French native who became a US citizen and I love the US national team. They are fighters, are fun to watch. Unlike the frogs like Ribery or Evra who don't give a damn about their national team.

JohnStevens
JohnStevens

Klinsmann has done a very good job with the U.S. team.  They are finally playing a style of soccer that will eventually allow them to compete at the highest levels.  And, it's a whole lot more entertaining and that's good for all of us.