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Jurgen Klinsmann talks about USA's run at the Copa America

The guy in charge speaks.

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The United States men's national team finished in fourth place at the Copa America Centenario.

Some people were happy with the finish. Some people weren't. That's life. You can't please everyone.

Klinsmann talked to about the tournament. (Wonder how they were able to get that exclusive.)

On achieving the stated goal of reaching the semifinals:

It’s a fantastic achievement to be in the final four. We wanted to win the third-place game, and it was a fantastic match with Colombia. They had that one goal and kept a clean sheet, so we didn’t put it in at the end of the day. But I think the learning curve we came through in this tournament was tremendous, and you have to give our team a huge compliment for the way they played.

On the team's performance in the third place match against Colombia:

The level of the third-place game was unbelievably high. I think it was one of our best games within the last couple of years. For us, playing these types of games in such an environment is huge because it makes our players grow; therefore, their response has been fantastic.

On what he took away from the tournament:

Our biggest take away from these last six weeks is the chemistry that this team developed, the talent we are bringing through one step at a time - there might be a step backwards then we have to make two forward, like the Argentina game is a step backwards, then the next one is two forward. It’s a team that really understands to drive it more and more themselves.

The whole Q&A is here if you want to read it.

Personally, I found the Copa America to be a success on and off the field, but I had very low standards heading into it. Although the U.S. stumbled against Colombia and Argentina (and Colombia), they won the matches they were supposed to win.

I have a few quibbles here and there (lineup selection and the usual thoughts), but it's a holiday weekend.

Here's a patriotic dog:

Have a happy Fourth of July, everybody!