U.S. Soccer Men’s Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna had a chance to chat with the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team as the group continues training through March 1 in Clermont, Fla. Reyna got on the computer and conversed with the team through Skype in the same fashion that U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann did for a Skype chat in early January.
“Sometimes the players might feel in some way disconnected because they don’t get to see us or hear us because of our other responsibilities,” Reyna said. “We’re connected and communicating, especially with the coaches, following up on their camps and how players and teams did, supporting each other as a staff. I think it’s a way for players to know, and it gives them that extra motivation that there is someone else watching and to prove themselves.”
One of Reyna’s talking points that resonated with the U-20 group was that it is not simply a separate team of U.S. Soccer, but that all of the players involved are all a part of U.S. Soccer.
“It was great to talk with Claudio,” U-20 defender Walker Zimmerman said. “I felt it was important for us to hear how all of our team connected as one, from top to bottom. The advice and direction was extremely valuable.”
“Players sometimes live week to week, day to day and hour to hour, and that is a good thing sometimes,” Reyna said. “But you have to paint some vision to them, some goals. Hearing it from us, that Jurgen is watching them and that there is a possibility of being in the wheelhouse to make the team, I think it’s very motivating.”