MNT Jan 15, 2012
Jurgen Klinsmann, Dawn Scott (WNT Fitness Coach), Pia Sundhage, Caleb Porter (U-23 MNT Head Coach), Andreas Herzog, Martin Vasquez (MNT Assistant Coach), Eric Yamamoto (U-23 MNT Assistant Coach)
Two World Cup veterans. Two players who scored bushels of goals for club and country. Two players who were among the best in their positions over long careers. And they had never met - until yesterday.
With the full teams for the men and women and the U-23 MNT all training in Carson, there was a great opportunity for a meeting of the minds, although it started out as just a chance to say hello. Jurgen and Pia had arranged to chat at The Home Depot Center, and with the U-23 coaching staff out observing training they all decided to gather in the offices of the U.S. Soccer Federation. After talking for a few minutes, the coaches were preparing to head out to training when the insatiably curious Sundhage said what we are sure has launched numerous discussions in her career: "Let me just ask you one question about your formation ..."
For nearly 30 minutes, all of the coaches shared ideas about tactics, formations, training methods, logistics, and just about whatever else you can think of related to soccer. It was a great exchange of ideas, and one we are certain will happen again ...