Oct. 4, 2012
As the U.S. Men’s National Team gears up for the final two matches of the Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his staff are putting the finishing touches on the 23-man training camp roster that will be announced Monday, Oct. 8 on ussoccer.com. Sitting tied in first place, the U.S. is one of three teams in Group A on seven points.While several scenarios lead to the United States advancing to the final round, Klinsmann’s directive to the team is straightforward: two games, two victories. Goals on free kicks have cost the U.S. team points on the road, but the path through to the next round is clear. Klinsmann isn’t taking anything for granted, and has meticulously prepared for Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala with the mission of taking six points from the last two games. ussoccer.com spoke with Klinsmann about the team’s performance in qualifying thus far, the urgency and focus he wants to see from the group, and the challenges of World Cup qualifying in this region.