Jurgen Klinsmann: USMNT finally has options, not just stop-gaps - originally posted on Soccerlens.comEvery national team coach has his favorites. Those mainstay players that always manage to make the lineup card no matter how out of form they appear or who’s waiting in the wings to take their place. It’s about having earned a certain level of trust, I’m sure… and while it does induce a warm cuddly sensation of stability for the manager, it can also prevent a national team from finding its best starting eleven.
Jurgen Kilnsmann knows this. He’s seen the extraordinarily organized and neat Bob Bradley writing on the wall, and knows that “conservative” and “defensive” are pretty well played out around here. We’ve been down that road, we know where it leads. Maybe it gets us a few upsets in major tournaments, but it ultimately doesn’t build a team in charge of its own destiny, one capable of a legitimate podium finish at the World Cup… which is the ultimate goal, or at least should be.