JURGEN KLINSMANN: WE RESPONDED “PERFECTLY”

Current head coach of United States Men National Team [USMNT] Jurgen Klinsmann said his American squad responded perfectly to disappointment the team has been facing of recent. The US men’s team edged closer to the top in Group C of the CONCACAF qualification campaign. Goals from Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore gave the US a 4-0 win over Guatemala.

Jurgen told reporters: “[It was a] perfect way to respond to the disappointment from a couple of days ago,” he told reporters. “It’s been a long couple of days analyzing that [defeat to Guatemala] and correcting it, but I must give many compliments to each one of them for a very clear message. We are on top of the game and in the driving seat again.”

The US had come under intense criticism following a 2-0 loss to Guatemala. With the win in Columbus, Ohio, the US team moved up to the second spot in the group.

Jurgen said: “[It was a] perfect way to respond to the disappointment from a couple of days ago,” he told reporters. “It’s been a long couple of days analyzing that [defeat to Guatemala] and correcting it, but I must give many compliments to each one of them for a very clear message. We are on top of the game and in the driving seat again. Obviously it is a long road to Russia, and to every World Cup, as we know. Here and there are setbacks and there is a moment that doesn’t work out in the perfect way. I think we started well with the four points in the beginning, then obviously that game on Friday night caught us on the wrong foot, but there is a very good spirit in this group.”

He also alluded to a need for integration in the team. He said: “It is a team that starts to melt [jell] more and more. Obviously we bring in some younger, some fresh players and they need to get integrated and this is happening one step at a time, sometimes a bit better and sometimes a step backwards.”

 

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