The United States may be missing a handful of the regular starting line up due to injuries, but coach Jurgen Klinsmann is happy with the choice he has available to him for the match against four-time World Champions, Italy.
The team seems to have found their stride with three consecutive wins against Venezuela, Panama and Slovenia and they are looking to add another to that list.
Many have criticized Klinsmann for altering the formation repeatedly, but Klinsmann stated that it is all a learning experience; at the end of the day, he is simply trying to find the chemistry within the squad as they prepare for World Cup 2014.
He added that it is both a privilege and an honor to play against such a prestigious country as Italy and most importantly it offers a chance for his side to grow and learn. The importance of playing some of the best squads in the world is an element that
Klinsmann considers a crucial one; exposing their weaknesses and ensuring that they have time to eliminate mistakes in hopes of having a successful World Cup 2014 qualifying run.
As for the injuries that the squad suffered leading up to this match, Klinsmann did not consider it a negative, instead he stated that it is just another chance to experiment with the formation, while granting younger players the opportunity to show their talents. With Chandler injured, it has opened the door for other left-sided players to take advantage of the chance. Even though Klinsmann would not announce his line-up or formation, he did indicate that Spector, Johnson or Bocanegra could play in Chandler’s position during the match.
Brek Shea, who had been called out from the U-23 squad to join the national team received high praise from the Coach, “he is one of our most talented players, and that has been from day 1.”
Klinsmann believes that by calling Shea in for this match, he is letting the youngster know that he has great confidence in him, and that he is aware of his improvement. Of course, Klinsmann said he still has a lot to learn, but so do most of the younger players on the squad.
It is not only Klinsmann who is confident ahead of the game, but Jozy Altidore said that he considers it a big challenge and a good test for the team; “I cannot promise a win, but I guarantee a good show. We (USMNT) are in a good place.”
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