United States Men's National Team boss Jurgen Klinsmann sat down for another one of his Facebook Live Q&A chats on Tuesday. During the team's down time he periodically heads to the popular social media site to answer some of the fan's questions.
He answered many questions in the session and even tackled a hardball one from a fan about the Abby Wambach/Twitter incident. On Sunday, former USWNT star Abby Wambach was arrested and charged with a DUI in Portland. Later in the day, USMNT players Alejandro Bedoya and Jozy Altidore took to Twitter to throw some not so subtle jabs at her for past comments she had made about dual-nationals on the USMNT. Basically, it's all one big mess that led to many people mocking the "One Team, One Nation" moniker that the USSF have been preaching for the last few years.
Jurgen squashed any rumors during the Q&A that a rift between the team is happening or exists.
"The men's national team and the women's national team are big friends. We're getting really well along and the same with the coaching staff. We have huge, huge admiration for our women's team. World Champions and outstanding personalities. It's obviously sad, what happened with Abby in that incident. Obviously she told everyone she learned from it and won't repeat that mistake. We hope that it's all going to go okay."
"So, there's absolutely no problem between both sides like maybe some media want to bring up like there's any kind of argument going on here. If there are sometimes some Tweets or some comments you just gotta take those easy. There's absolutely no problem with our women's team. They are awesome."
-Jurgen Klinsmann; Source: Facebook
There were many other subjects broached during the chat. Here's a brief synopsis of it in case you don't have 22 minutes to spend watching him talk into a camera like I did.
- He starts off by praising all the Yanks playing in big leagues and singles out Matt Miazga on his debut. Apparently he texted him after the big day.
- Jordan Morris is brought up and Jurgen talks about his learning curve in MLS and how we shouldn't expect too much from him too soon. He says he's very confident his learning curve will "go fast".
- Next question is about Christian Pulisic. He preaches patience with the youngster and talks about how his international future is guaranteed to be with the USA after capping him in a qualifier.
- The 4-3-3 against Guatemala is brought up. Jurgen says he switched to it because he expected them to be defensive away from home. Which brings up my personal question of "Then why start a true #6 like Beckerman at home and not away?"
- He then addressed the disappointment of not making the Olympics. He simply says we have to be better. Great explanation.
- Jurgen on Brek Shea's goal: "Oh, that was a cool goal." -- Then he brings up Franck Ribery's goal for some unknown reason.
- He's really, really, really excited for the Copa America Centenario. We'll see how he feels about it come July and August.
- Someone then asks if he likes his job. He says yes and goes into a long spiel about the ups and downs of managing.
- Ethan Horvath is asked about and Jurgen praises him as a promising goalkeeper and reminds us that all the current USMNT goalkeeper options are really old.
- He discusses Aron Johannsson's injury and basically rules him out of USMNT contention until the next European season. Bummer.
- Josh Gatt and Joe Gyau are both mentioned. Gyau is closer to returning than Gatt. Jurgen is constantly in touch with them.
- He signs off by being forced to remind everyone that the USWNT play a match tonight.
Ready to take your questions!!Posted by Jürgen Klinsmann on Tuesday, April 5, 2016