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United States national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has said that LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan will have to work hard if he is to return to national team football. The 31-year-old took a sabbatical from sport without the consent of the managers involved. Even though LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena said that he would be welcoming the striker anytime, Klinsmann has not been happy about the situation. In the absence of Donovan, the US have suffered poor results in the World Cup qualifying group. It has also left the future of Klinsmann in major doubt.
Donovan is regarded as one of the best strikers at the national team level for the US. However, Klinsmann has said that the striker will have to work hard before he can think about a recall to the national team. He has said that there are several players who have done extremely well in recent months. They deserve a call up ahead of Donovan according to Klinsmann. Donovan was at his best in recent 2-0 win for LA Galaxy over Kansas City. He scored one goal and created the other for his club team.
The player recently returned to football after several months of sabbatical. He claimed that he was tired after having played continuous football in recent years.
“There are players clearly ahead of Landon Donovan right now. We’ll see now how he will do in the next couple of weeks and months. We’ll look at the entire picture. And then make our calls. It’s not down to one game when you score one goal, ‘Now you’re back in the team,’. I’ve always said that I would observe him like we will observe all the other players over the stretch of a period of time. There is a chemistry being developed as a group … and he hasn’t been part of that development most of the time over the last two years,” said Klinsmann.
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The head coach of the USA national football team, Jurgen Klinsmann, is disappointed about the fact that his first choice goalkeeper Tim Howard will not be able to play in the upcoming world cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Mexico because of injury.
But, he also said that he has full faith in the abilities of the second choice goalkeeper Brad Guzan and he is backing him to do well in the upcoming matches. Read more »
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The United States national team recently put in one of their worst performances under the manager Jurgen Klinsmann in the recent 2-1 defeat at the hands of Honduras. After the match, the former Germany manager said his tributes to the excellent Honduras performance, while also criticising his players as well. Klinsmann said that his players were unable to find the passing flow. He also said that being unable to hold the ball and combine well enough were also the reasons for the defeat. As a result of this defeat, United States are now without a victory in the last three matches.
Even though they were unable to win the previous friendly matches against Russia and Canada, they would have been hoping to win this important World Cup qualifying match. However, this defeat has raised the significance of the two important World Cup qualifying matches that will take place in the month of March – against Costa Rica and Mexico. Klinsmann will be under great pressure ahead of this match having already lost to Mexico only recently. The United States actually managed to take the lead through the former Fulham striker Clint Dempsey. However, two goals from Honduras on either side of the break meant that they were able to take the lead and subsequently win the match.
“We didn’t find our passing flow. We didn’t combine well enough, we didn’t hold the ball well enough. They were very good today. It was a good game by them, and you have to give them credit. You have to give Honduras lots of compliments today. They did what they needed to do and scored a fantastic goal. We knew coming here it was going to be a difficult game and it was. It is a stretch of 10 games,” said Klinsmann after the match.
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