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Klinsmann not giving time to the right people

By: Ruben Rivas

Jurgen Klinsmann’s US Men’s National team just beat Panama, 2-0 on Sunday for the team’s first win in their last six outings, but he is still a long way away from Russia, where he promised the team will reach the semifinals. That statement raised some eyebrows among the very knowledgeable and dedicated American soccer community and we all want to know how he is planning to do that.

While we all want to trust and believe in what Klinsmann is doing, there are still a few questions for him and his seemingly contradictory coaching style. It was great that Gyasi Zardes got incredible playing time to showcase is skill and gain international experience, Klinsmann is still giving some other guys time he probably shouldn’t be giving them.

Chris Wondolowski worked his way up in American and even made the 2014 World Cup Squad at 31-years-old, but he's going to be a piece of the 2018 squad, yet he's getting time like he will be.

Chris Wondolowski worked his way up in American and even made the 2014 World Cup Squad at 31-years-old, but he’s going to be a piece of the 2018 squad, yet he’s getting time like he will be.

Even though Jermaine Jones is now sidelined with an injury, Klinsmann was still putting him out on the field, primarily as a centerback. Jones was tremendous in Brazil and was an offensive spark but even despite the questionable move of putting him on the back line, Jones is 33-years-old. By the time the next World Cup comes around he’ll be 36 and far past his prime. Inexperience at centerback from Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron and John Brooks was a major issue. Those guys should be getting as much time right now as possible.

The same thing goes for Chris Wondolowski. It’s great that Klinsmann is rewarding a guy like Wondolowski at this late stage of his international career but the 32-year-old wasn’t good in Brazil and shouldn’t really be considered for the Russian squad. It is truly a mystery why Klinsmann keeps calling the San Jose Earthquakes striker.

And those young players Klinsmann has called up to develop are interesting and surprising choices. Bobby Wood doesn’t even play first division in Germany. The Striker plays for FC Erzebirge Aue in 2. Bundesliga and barely even plays. Before that he only netted three goals in 50 appearances over four years with 1860 Munchen in the second division of German Soccer. Grant, Wood wasn’t actually named to the team to play against Panama but he did get significant time working in camp.

24-year-old Miguel Ibarra is fast, very fast, but he has been playing professionally sine 2012 and before that was playing at a middling Division I college in UC Irvine. At this point, he is only with Minnesota United FC in the NASL. It is in the second tier of American soccer behind MLS.

And it’s not like the US team doesn’t have options. Luis Gil, Julian Green, Joe Corona and even the forgotten Maurice Edu would have been better options in the midfield over Ibarra. Aron Johannsson, who seemed to be in way over his head at in Brazil because of a severe lack of international experience, or Terrence Boyd seem like better options to be giving time to up top.

Oh and just out of curiosity, partially for selfish reasons, I’m wondering where some of the Latinos Klinsmann promised 60 million Hispanic fans are.

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