United States men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann addressed the winds swirling around his team ahead of Friday's match against Costa Rica in Denver, calling published reports of disharmony "rumor" and saying that the debate about the men's team was healthy.
"I'm not here to make everyone happy," said Klinsmann. "If I was, I'm in the wrong job. I'm taking some risks to move people out of their comfort zones, to take them to another level."
"What does it mean, 'anonymous quotes?'" Klinsmann said. "That's just part of our environment. Journalists and people can say whatever they feel, whatever they think, whatever they believe, which is important. I think it's a great sign, all the debate that is going on about soccer in this country. It shows you that people care.
Clint Dempsey, named as the new captain of the team on Wednesday, said that he did not address the subject with the team and that it was not a distraction.
"No, I haven't talked about it with the team. Our job i...