The U.S. national football team managed to reach the Round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup and this was a huge accomplishment for the American team and nation in it’s entirety as the squad was able to defy all odds and not only survive the group stages but also get past it ahead of: Portugal and Ghana.
The American team was pitted in Group G, this group was considered to be one of the toughest of the tournament. Germany were favorites on finishing at the top and indeed they did snatch the top spot meanwhile everyone else had to fight for the 2nd qualification spot and surprisingly enough it was the U.S. national side that snatched the 2nd spot.
Just by surviving those group stages was a noteworthy accomplishment for JurgenKlinsmann and his players. The U.S. national team went on to the Round of 16 where they played against Belgium and lost 2-1.
JurgenKlinsmann said that he has learned from the mistake he and his team did which caused them to lose their match against Belgium and according to the German manager, he wants to turn the team into system, a system where all the players are aiming for the same thing where the same style is played.
Former star of the U.S. national side, Landon Donovan said: “Teams perform best when everybody plays the same style and understands the system that needs to be played. If you can teach kids that at a young age, I think it’s very helpful.” Read more »
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp says that he is still confident that the club can end the season on a high if they win the next two home matches. A 3-1 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach meant that the team still sit outside the top 10 of the table.
The prospect of finishing in the Europa League spots appears to be disappearing fast, butKlopp says that this season will still be considered as a positive one if they managed to win the next two matches at home. These will be against Frankfurt and Paderborn. Dortmund are six points away from the sixth spot which will be enough to secure European football for next campaign.
Dortmund would have been hoping to compensate for this poor run of form in the league by reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League. However, defeats in both legs against Juventus meant that they were knocked out of the competition following a 5-1 aggregate loss. The focus for the rest of the campaign will be on the league, while there is also the small matter of a DFB Pokal cup match against Bayern Munich. Klopphas admitted that without a win from the next two home matches, the probability of being in Europe next season will be virtually gone. Read more »
Michael Bradley’s position in the US national team has been subjected to much debate. While the American International is used to playing in the centre of midfield, national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has not been afraid to experiment with the 27-year-old.
Since he is at the peak of his career, it is often maintained that Klinsmann would be fine with just using Bradley in his best possible position. The Toronto FC star is not someone who comes with a great reputation of scoring goals. After all, he has managed only 13 goals in 93 matches for the national team.
Klinsmann used the midfielder as an attacking force at the World Cup. It has been speculated that the former Bayern Munich manager may even consider pushing the 27-year-old even further up the pitch. A lot will be revealed about Klinsmann’s ideas when the US take on Denmark in a friendly match towards the end of March. The US also have another friendly lined up against Switzerland. Both these matches could be used to improve the team even further. Read more »
US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has surprised many by calling up several youngsters in the upcoming rooster. The former Germany manager has explained his decision by saying that he wants to start developing young players for the national team.
The United States did well at the World Cup 2014 by almost reaching the quarter-final stage. However, one criticism of the national team has been the lack of youngsters as they have been too reliant on the likes of Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey. These players are at the twilight of their careers and are unlikely to be at the next World Cup.
Klinsmann recently announced the squad for the two friendly matches in January. The 28 man squad included several youngsters and Klinsmann says that this is seen as an ideal preparation for the Olympic. The US will be playing in friendlies against Chile and Panama. Read more »