What to watch for in Klinsmann era
PHILADELPHIA -- The Jurgen Klinsmann era is underway at a head-spinning pace, careening from hiring announcement to first result -- a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Wednesday night -- in less than two weeks. With his first friendly behind him, we figured now would be a good time for a deep breath and an examination of some U.S. national team issues that will crop up in the coming weeks by playing an old ESPN standard, What to Watch For.
Who gets the call?
While there was plenty of talk about long-term structural issues the last two weeks, and plenty of smiles and "positive energy" coming off Klinsmann's debut, the new coach sounded like he'll be all business and no patience for the next training camp, which opens Aug. 28 in Carson, Calif., ahead of a Sept. 2 friendly against Costa Rica and a Sept. 6 match versus Belgium in Brussels. Klinsmann said Wednesday he expects everybody he selects for the double fixture to attend the entire camp. That includes his European players, who will have to make a flight across a minimum of eight time zones -- and back -- for the camp and the two matches. "Certainly our goal is to have them always with us, no exceptions," Klinsmann said after Wednesday's match.