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Jurgen Klinsmann Talks Plans for France and Slovenia Friendlies


U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
On his plans for the camp:
“It’s going to be busy. The fight will continue for starting spots, and it’s important to see how the players perform in every training session. We will continue with high intensity training and the players will get a more precise picture of how I want to see things done on the field, our tactical approach and the speed of the game we want to play. We will train the same way we will play in games, with high intensity and awareness. With every camp, they know exactly what to expect.”

On the situation with MLS players who could be involved in the MLS Cup final:
“We have a very positive line of communication with MLS. We agreed that whoever will be involved in the final will be released after the game against France, which gives them more than a week to prepare.”

On the inclusion of Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones:
“Fabian has returned to playing after the back injury he suffered weeks ago, and he’s been getting back into a flow of playing games. Jermaine was able to put a tough time behind him with Schalke after he wasn’t playing. Now with the new coach Huub Stevens he fought his way back into starting XI, and he’s hungry to come back into our group. It’s logical to acknowledge his efforts and bring him in.”

On the inclusion of Alfredo Morales:
“We are excited to introduce Alfredo Morales to the U.S. team. I have spoken with his coach at Hertha Berlin and he is full of compliments. He is on the way to being a starter there, and he can play as either a No. 6 [defensive midfielder] or as a right back.”

On Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury:
“Both right now are in a challenging position with the full team because of players ahead of them. Our thought is that if they are not in the starting lineup for us, this is a great opportunity to get an introduction with the Under-23 team and to play two full games. It’s better for them than sitting on the bench, and they experience another development path by playing with the U-23s. It’s a good message to Juan and Teal that this is your age group, and they can now be challenged in different ways. In the senior team they measure themselves against the best as they fight against established older players. With the U-23 team they are challenged in a different way by being two of the more experienced players in that group, and having a chance to continue to grow and mature.”

On the situation with MLS players who could be involved in the MLS Cup final:“We have a very positive line of communication with MLS. We agreed that whoever will be involved in the final will be released after the game against France, which gives them more than a week to prepare.”“Fabian has returned to playing after the back injury he suffered weeks ago, and he’s been getting back into a flow of playing games. Jermaine was able to put a tough time behind him with Schalke after he wasn’t playing. Now with the new coach Huub Stevens he fought his way back into starting XI, and he’s hungry to come back into our group. It’s logical to acknowledge his efforts and bring him in.”“We are excited to introduce Alfredo Morales to the U.S. team. I have spoken with his coach at Hertha Berlin and he is full of compliments. He is on the way to being a starter there, and he can play as either a No. 6 [defensive midfielder] or as a right back.”“Both right now are in a challenging position with the full team because of players ahead of them. Our thought is that if they are not in the starting lineup for us, this is a great opportunity to get an introduction with the Under-23 team and to play two full games. It’s better for them than sitting on the bench, and they experience another development path by playing with the U-23s. It’s a good message to Juan and Teal that this is your age group, and they can now be challenged in different ways. In the senior team they measure themselves against the best as they fight against established older players. With the U-23 team they are challenged in a different way by being two of the more experienced players in that group, and having a chance to continue to grow and mature.”

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