BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, February 27, 2012
US national team head coach addressed the media following Monday's first practice and he touched on a number of key topics.
On Jozy Altidore status within the national team after struggling to regularly start at AZ Alkmaar.
Klinsmann was very clear that he was not happy with the forward not in the starting lineup recently with AZ Alkmaar and he added that the young forward needs to have good training habits.
"We want to see guys who fight for their spots," Klinsmann said. "That's the first message to Jozy when he gets here: We want you to be in the starting lineup. I'm not happy with it. I don't want to see you coming off the bench. He has to be ready in training every time. He can't be late. He can't be lazy. He can't be anything like that. This is what we want to see."
"They'll hear that every time they come into the national team camp. If over the stretch of two and a half years toward Brazil we see maybe they don't get that message, they will have a problem."
On Sacha Kljestan's status with the US national team and why he has a tough time breaking into the team.
"Absolutely I know where he fits in," Klinsmann said. "But in his position, if it's the six or eight position, look at who we have. That's why it's tough for him to break in and it's tough for him to get into the starting lineup - even if he has a good season with Anderlecht. We see the games. We observe it.
I have my scouts go and watch him. [USMNT assistant coach Martín Vásquez] was just there at the Alkmaar game. But then we have Michael Bradley, we have Danny Williams, we have Maurice Edu, we have Kyle Beckerman, José Torres - all these players. So it's very, very tight. At the end of the day we decide who starts the game."
On Terrence Boyd's callup despite not having any first team games at Borussia Dotrmund, Klinsmann revealed that discussions with Caleb Porter and Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp both played a big role. He also felt it was important to have someone to compete with and push the team's other forwards in Jozy Altidore and Edson Buddle.
"The reason [for Boyd's callup] is that he's doing extremely well with the Under 23s at Borussia Dortmund. He's training with the first team. I spoke weeks ago with Jurgen Klopp, the Doturmund coach, he's full of praise for [Boyd]. He was in a camp with the [US] under 23's in November and did really, really well. He was outstanding there. I talked to the guys who ran the camp and I also talked with Caleb [Porter]."
"[Terrence Boyd] brings an energy to the group. He's a high-pressure player. He goes at defenders, he goes at people. That's what he loves to do. From there he wants to go in the box and finishes things off. I wanted to personally see him. I wanted to get a sense for him. I want to introduce him to the group, and even if he maybe doesn't play, but he gets a first feel of what it means to be part of the senior team group."
"I want to push the envelope a little bit for the forward. I don't want anybody to feel comfortable. Not Jozy, not Edson, nobody."
On the Rangers situation and Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu
It's difficult for us right now. We're looking forward to both [Edu and Bocanegra] explaining to us a little about what's the inside of the club. Right now we're judging it from the outside - which we don't know how it works with a club going into administration. I'm curious to hear Carlos and Maurice explain to us the situation. As they play their games and as long as they are starters, I'm good with it."