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Wednesday link action
   November 16, 2011 (5:20 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

A bunch of different things to check out today.

Apparently all the cool kids are going out on training stints with various teams across Europe.  Omar Salgado will be at Fulham for two weeks.  According to his agent, Juan Agudelo will be in Germany with VfB Stuttgart.  Kyle Berckerman and Robbie Rogers will also be in Germany, but with Kaiserslautern.  And also according to that last link, U-23er Perry Kitchen will be at SC Freiburg.

Jurgen Klinsmann speaks and the players listen.

Staying with the USMNT….I tweeted this on Monday, but there are some rumors that the Camp Cupcake could be headed down to Panama for a game in January.  I also just read that a Galavision announcer said during the US-Slovenia game that the US will play Guatemala in Seattle as well as another unknown opponent at an unknown stadium during that same time period (possibly the Panama match?).  But these are just internet rumors at this point.

Some last few reads with the U-23 team.  Claudio Reyna talks about the youth program, Anthony Brooks gives us a recap of the recent camp in Germany and Conor Doyle also talks about some camp stuff.

Some other odds and ends.

Michael Parkhurst has signed a year extension with FC Nordsjælland.

Jose Torres is close to returning to the field after missing some time with an operation to his left foot.

And finally, CONCACAF has released the 2014 World Cup qualifying schedule.  The US starts things off on Friday, June 8, 2012 against Antigua & Barbuda (that is one team, not two teams, as that would be tough playing 11 vs. 22).

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6 Responses to “Wednesday link action”

  1. Ian says:

    Something I found extremely interesting was Klinsmann’s use of the 4-4-2 during the Slovenia game. If he’s trying to implement his own system which is a variation of a 4-3-3 and has coordinated the youth teams to match this system then why did he change for that game? Did he feel it necessary to get a win for morale? Was he feeling pressure from the USSF for a result? I don’t understand why he changed for a friendly international. If we were playing qualifying games or in the midst of a tournament I could understand changing but to me these are the games you want to try and get your players used to the system you want to use regardless of results

  2. ussoccerdudes says:

    @Ian Player confidence most likely.

  3. Howie says:

    I would guess it was entirely to try to get a win. It’s the last match with the full national team until the end of February. There was increasing attention on the losing and lack of goals. If switching to the 4-4-2 can get a result to at least break up relatively poor stretch it is probably worth it.

  4. Matt says:

    I think some of it is what the guys above said and some of it is he played something which he thought was the best idea with the current group.

    While he has said he wants to play a 4-3-3, he has also said that the players dictate the formation/style and maybe he realized that the 4-4-2 was the best option given the current team over there (missing Donovan, Holden, Torres among others).

    I think a lot of what Klinsmann preaches will best be seen 4-8 years from now than only his seventh game on the sidelines. He wants to get all the youth programs playing the 4-3-3 with the quick ball movement/possession style so that when they get to the USMNT, everyone will be on the same page.

    Klinsi has never overly impressed me as an X’s and O’s manager (but I will give him time to prove me otherwise), but I do like him being involved with US Soccer. I think he is better suited as a “General Manager” or a “President of Soccer Relations” if he had a job like baseball/basketball/football teams have.

  5. Trent Hill says:

    4-3-3 emphasizes the importance of forwards and de-emphasizes the importance of midfielders. We have a wealth of midfielders and a dearth of forwards–4-4-2 makes much more sense. Single striker should never be done again, as far as i’m concerned.

  6. bird says:

    I read on FIFA that the US was looking at matches with Panama in January and against Italy in Italy in February.

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