Posted July 17, 2013 on AP on Fox
Jurgen Klinsmann is searching for a few good men. Nearly two dozen of them, actually. When the World Cup rolls around in Brazil next year, he hopes to have 22 interchangeable parts on the U.S. national team. In a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Tuesday night that gave the Americans their group title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Klinsmann's willingness to reserve judgment - as well as his seemingly inexhaustible faith in most of his players - paid off again. Brek Shea, who didn't expect to get off the bench after he struggled in an earlier Gold Cup appearance, scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82nd minute. Seconds before that, fourth-string goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a brilliant save off a corner kick and Joe Corona cleared the ball, setting up the winning sequence. Three youngsters and the wily veteran Donovan stepped up at the perfect time. ''It's good giving them a taste of these kind of battles,'' Klinsmann sa...

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The anatomy of a winning streak is invariably complex. But if ever one came out of nowhere, the United States men's national team's ongoing one, which is now its longest of all time, certainly did. Just five months ago, the roof seemed to be caving in on Jurgen Klinsmann, his reign as head coach and the experiment that would mark this brief era. It had been more than a year...

US tweaks Gold Cup roster ahead of knockout

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has adjusted his roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. Defenders Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler and forwards Alan Gordon and Eddie Johnson have been added to the team. Oguchi Onyewu, Herculez Gomez, Jack McInerney and Corey Ashe were removed from the roster. The U.S. will play El Salvador in Baltimore on Sunday. CONCACAF did not announce...

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Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler positioned himself to move to Europe at the end of last season. He performed on the field. He permitted his contract to run all the way down to its last days, clearing the way for any number of clubs to sign him on a free transfer. He even won MLS Defender of the Year honors to highlight his progression and his readiness for a larger challenge...
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