MNT Aug 8, 2011
Klinsmann on the field in Philly
At 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time tonight, Jurgen Klinsmann led 13 players onto the field for his first training session as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. Despite the hot and muggy conditions, the session had pace and energy. After an extended warmup that included field players and goalkeepers, the team went through a passing exercise before breaking into a 5 v.5 +1 game to big goals, with Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley alternating as the neutral player. With that concluded, players who had games the previous two days hit the cold baths while the rest did crossing and finishing. Once again, the (controversial) goal of the day came off a beautiful header from Steve Cherundolo, who insisted the ball came down off the crossbar and over the goal line. Unfortunately, a review of the Studio 90 video of the disputed play was inconclusive.
Tomorrow begins twice daily sessions. The morning work will be the first on the field for Landon Donovan, Zach Loyd, Heath Pearce, Robbie Rogers and Brek Shea, all of whom arrived later in the evening Sunday. DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Ricardo Clark and Clarence Goodson are scheduled to land throughout the day.