Dallas Soccer: Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann praises Dirk Nowitzki

March, 17, 2012
U.S. men's soccer national team coach and 1990 World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann has hailed Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki as perhaps "the best ambassador" to the United States that German sport has ever produced.

In an interview which aired Saturday on "Soccer Today" on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, as part of his recent visit to town for FC Dallas' MLS season opener, Klinsmann revealed that he is "big fan" of the NBA in general and Nowitzki in particular, having lived in the States for much of Nowitzki's career since retiring as a player in 1998.

"What's he done here, you can't describe it from a German perspective," Klinsmann said. "He's just an absolutely outstanding athlete, he's a role model, and he's the best (sporting) ambassador that we've probably ever had. We're pretty proud of him."

Nowitzki didn't have the opportunity to visit with his countryman when Klinsmann was in Dallas because the Mavericks were flying back from Oakland that day after completing their recent grind of nine games in 12 days after the All-Star break.

As part of the interview, Klinsmann talked extensively about the national team's recent win in Italy as well as the breakout season Texas native Clint Dempsey is having at Fulham in the Barclays Premier League. Klinsmann described his first eight months in the job as Dempsey's national team boss as a "blast."

Although English bookmakers continue to list Klinsmann as a top contender to replace Harry Redknapp as manager of Tottenham Hotspur in England's Premiership -- where he starred in the mid-1990s -- Klinsmann forcefully dismissed such speculation, insisting that he's not going anywhere. Klinsmann received a three-year contract in July 2011 to replace Bob Bradley as coach of the national team.

"I know the English media," Klinsmann told Soccer Today. "... It's just normal that they throw out names.

"I have a wonderful relationship with Tottenham and with all my teams that I played (with) as a player. I know the people (there), I know the enviromnment. It's a wonderful club. But I said that already weeks ago that I'm extremely proud and privileged to be U.S. national team coach. I'm not starting a job or a project and giving it up after a couple months That's not me.

"I want to guide (U.S.) players towards a level hopefully that they will reach and hopefully we will have, after successful qualification, a great World Cup in Brazil (in 2014). Then in soccer, like in any other environment, you never know what happens. (But) when there are speculations coming from Europe, it gives you a quick smile and you move on."
US National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will attend MLS First Kick presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, March 11. Klinsmann will serve as honorary “scarfer” of Lamar Hunt statue on North Concourse prior to kickoff.

Sunday’s game, which kicks off at 2 p.m., will mark the debut of Lamar’s Tailgate on the North side of the stadium. The Texas-sized tailgate, fueled by a 1,000-pound smoker, will feature BBQ, street tacos and food and drink specials before every home game. Prior to each game an honorary VIP will place a scarf around the statue of Lamar Hunt on the North Concourse.

Head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team since July 29, 2011, and fresh off an historic win versus Italy last week, Klinsmann will kick off the tradition for 2012 as Sunday’s VIP scarfer. FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman reached out to the fellow gaffer while Klinsmann was preparing for last week’s match in Genoa.

FC Dallas hosts the New York Red Bulls on NBC Sports at 2 p.m., CT, Sunday, March 11, during MLS First Kick presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. The match, featuring two of the league’s hottest stars in Brek Shea and Thierry Henry, will mark the first MLS game broadcast as part of the new, three-year partnership between MLS and NBC.

FC Dallas' Brek Shea added to U.S. Men's National Team

February, 26, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added FC Dallas forward Brek Shea to the training camp roster ahead of the match against Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa.

Timmy Chandler (left hamstring strain), Landon Donovan (bronchitis), and Jose Torres (right hamstring strain) have all been forced to withdraw from the squad.

The addition of Shea could allow the dynamic winger to continue his record of appearing in every game under Klinsmann, starting seven and entering as a sub in two. Shea was part of the U-23 MNT squad preparing for their match with Mexico on the same day the full team takes on Italy. Shea will depart Caleb Porter's group in Frisco, Texas, and arrive in Italy on Monday.

The group began reporting to Genoa on Sunday afternoon in preparation for the match Feb. 29 against Italy. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision.

U.S. recalls Brek Shea, who will train in Europe

November, 3, 2011
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea has been recalled by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming friendlies against France and Slovenia. The team will begin gathering Monday in Paris.

Following the two U.S. fixtures, Shea will join Arsenal FC for a month as a guest before returning home to Dallas in December. According to FC Dallas, the decision to send Shea to train with the Gunners was made after Klinsmann encouraged his MLS-based players to spend the offseason training overseas to enter January camp in top shape.

“Brek matured as a player and as a leader on the field this past season. It was a career year for him,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “He consolidated himself as one of the top players in MLS and solidified his role with the U.S. National Team. Affording Brek, the opportunity to continue to work on improving his game and measure himself among the best players in the world is something we are all excited about. It’s a winning situation for Brek, FC Dallas and the U.S. team, as the extra training time will help push his game to the next level.”

Arsenal was chosen as the location for Brek to train based on the strong relationship between the two clubs.

“We want to give Brek every opportunity to grow and develop his skills as a player,” said FC Dallas president and CEO Doug Quinn. “His goal is always to be better than he was the season before. With an MVP-caliber season in 2011 and his growing international success, we want to get him the challenges and environment he needs to continue improving as one of the best young players in American soccer today.”

Shea will report back to FC Dallas on January 15, 2012 for the start of the team’s preseason.

The U.S. will first face France on Nov. 11 in Paris at the Stade de France at 2 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision. Four days later, the U.S. plays Slovenia for the first time since the 2-2 draw in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Coverage from Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana begins at Noon CT on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision.

Shea is one of five MLS players on the roster. Most European location friendlies rely on a heavily euro based roster.

Six players on the roster are age-eligible for the U-23 MNT: Jozy Altidore, Timmy Chandler, Bill Hamid, Alfredo Morales, Brek Shea and Danny Williams.


GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)

Brek Shea notches assist in US win

October, 9, 2011

FC Dallas' Brek Shea was strong for the US yesterday in the team's 1-0 win over Honduras. Shea started and played 90 minutes wide in midfield.

The assist came from the right wide as Shea got a cross into fellow native Texan Clint Dempsey. Shea got free for the cross after right back Steve Cherundolo ran down Shea's initial cross which had been blocked. Dempsey made a nice cut back move to create space and scored with his left foot in the 36th minute.

The United States got Jurgen Klinsmann a victory in his fourth try as American coach.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard made several key saves.

"It's huge for all of us. You don't ever want to go a long period of time without winning," Howard said. "We performed well, I think, and we're trying to set a foundation, but ultimately you have to win. That was the focus coming in."

Since Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley on July 29 after the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Americans had tied Mexico, and lost to Costa Rica and Belgium.

On a rainy night in south Florida, a frog could be seen on the field. The game was the first of a pair for the U.S. during the international fixture period. The Americans host Ecuador on Tuesday night in Harrison, N.J.

The U.S. used a 4-1-3-2 formation and Howard made up for a few defensive lapses.

"I think it took us a little bit to get into a higher pace," Klinsmann said. "The first 20 minutes were a bit too static. And then we took over, created a lot more chances."

Dempsey put the U.S. ahead with his 23rd international goal. Shea's centering pass got past several players and touched Michael Orozco Fiscal before Dempsey gained control at the top of the penalty area, He moved the ball from his right foot to his left and shot high past goalkeeper Donis Escobar .

"I didn't know if the ball was going to come through, I got a little lucky," Dempsey said. "I took my time. I was going to take it with my right foot but saw it was going to be blocked, so I pulled it back to my left and couldn't have hit it any sweeter."

Dempsey also appeared to score on a header in the 84th minute, but Dempsey was called for a foul.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brek Shea recalled to US side for October friendlies

September, 29, 2011
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea has been recalled by US coach Jurgen Klinsmann for a pair of friendlies in October.

The U.S. first hosts Honduras on Oct. 8 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. makes its first appearance at Red Bull Arena when they welcome Ecuador to Harrison, N.J. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)

“We would like to continue seeing our players develop through these initial couple of months,” said Klinsmann on USsoccer.com. “One important thing is to see continuity in the build-up of our national team and also in the way we work as coaches. We'd like to see new faces as well, but we also don't want to shake up the core structure of the team too much. The two results with Costa Rica and Belgium didn't work in our favor but we saw clearly that the team started to understand what we demand from them in terms of pace, playing style and how to play. We are definitely on the right path, and what we now need to focus on in this get together is the eagerness to finish things off up front.”

FC Dallas visits New England

September, 9, 2011
FC Dallas has failed to win its last seven road matches against the New England Revolution, but may feel good about its chances to buck that trend Saturday night.

The Revolution have not had much time to recover after blowing a three-goal lead in their last match as they get ready to host Dallas.

New England (4-11-12) built a 4-1 halftime lead Wednesday at Philadelphia before conceding three goals in the second half to settle for the draw. The Revolution are 0-2-5 in their last seven matches.

"When you score four goals in a game, you expect to win," coach Steve Nicol said. "But, they put a lot of pressure on us in the second half."

The mood in the locker room was predictably down for New England, which has 24 points to tie Toronto FC for the fewest in the Eastern Conference.

"I mean we are all questioning each other and trying to find answers right now," captain Shalrie Joseph said. "How we can give up a 4-1 lead is just frustrating, we're not mentally tough and we're not doing the things necessary to hang on to a lead. From my standpoint, we're just a young team and we're not mature enough to hang on to a lead."

New England is 0-3-4 in its last seven home games, while Dallas (13-7-7) ended a six-game losing streak at Gillette Stadium with last year's 1-all draw.

Dallas won 1-0 over New England at home June 4 as Marvin Chavez scored. The club is well rested since it has not played since ending a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 win at Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 27.

That doesn't mean that all Dallas players have been completely idle. Brek Shea, tied for third in the league with 10 goals, played the full 90 minutes twice for the United States during the international break.

Although the 21-year-old Shea failed to score for the U.S., new coach Jurgen Klinsmann was impressed by what he saw.

"I think we have some very interesting youngsters coming through the ranks," Klinsmann said. "Brek Shea is definitely one of them. He's full of energy, he's creative, and he's fast and has a good physical presence."

Dallas has also been boosted by the news that George John will remain with the club after the defender nearly joined Blackburn Rovers of the English Premier League.

"I got over there and it was a really good experience," John told FC Dallas' official website. "They welcomed me with open arms and it's just that the timing wasn't right. We are going to maintain a relationship and right now I'm back with FC Dallas."

Dallas will be without defender Ugo Ihemelu, suspended due to yellow card accumulation.

The Revolution's last three matches have ended in draws in which they conceded the tying goals in the 87th minute or later.

"Hopefully we'll pick our heads up and be ready for Dallas on the weekend," Joseph said.

Brek Shea goes 90+ for US in friendly

September, 3, 2011
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea started and played 90+ minutes for the US on Friday night in a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica. Shea was particularly strong in the first half but may have tired late with the massive amount of games he has played in the last few weeks.

Despite the heavy work load, Shea was singled out by his coach in the post match TV interview as being a dangerous attacking force. Perhaps the best US chance was created by Shea and Altidore combing down the left side. After beating a few defenders Shea found a charging Landon Donovan at the wide open back side of the bos, only to have Donovan miss the far post.

In coach Jurgen Klinsmann's 1-11 no name, Shea was wearing the #11 a very appropriate number for a winger. Zach Loyd had originally been called into this US camp with Shea, but was replaced due to injury.

USA : 1-Tim Howard; 2-Timmy Chandler, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 3-Edgar Castillo; 6-Maurice Edu, 10-Landon Donovan, 8-Jose Torres; 7-Robbie Rogers (16-Sacha Kljestan, 66), 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Juan Agudelo , 63), 11-Brek Shea

PS. Came across this nice little off-field Q&A with Brek Shea on the US site. It's worth a quick read.

Jurgen Klinsmann gets it

August, 11, 2011
If you've followed this blog for any stretch of time, you may have noticed that I have some firm beliefs about the game. Many of them are what some people would call "old school." I like black cleats for an example, all these colored cleats to me are lame.

One of my biggest convictions is that jersey numbers matter. I like traditional numbers, I know where they come from, I know what they mean. I don't like silly numbers or non-traditional ones (#77 Andy Williams are you kidding me?). Even a good number if placed on the wrong player is a heresy and the soccer gods do notice. (I'm looking at you Ricardo Iribarren wearing #10)

I've always liked Jurgen Klinsmann. I had hoped he would eventually become US coach (although I never actaully thought it would happen) and I am quite pleased to see him get the job. I felt that way for tactical and technical reasons. Reasons that had to do with the US system and it's need for fresh blood.

So it was with great joy that I read following quote. It came from Klinsmann after his first game in charge in response to a question about the no-name jerseys and the numbers. It convinces me beyond a shadow of a doubt that Klinsmann "gets it."

“There is no real concept behind that. There are 11 players out there and the numbers should be from one to 11. The only exception really is the World Cups and the Gold Cups where they get their numbers throughout the tournament. I think that simplifies it a little bit and maybe people get confused when they see a player with a 98 on the field and they don’t know where to put him. For me as a coach that makes things a little bit easier. We know that certain players have a favorite number and we try to accommodate it but I think it fits them better from 1-11 and it’s a little bit of a signal that it’s a fight going on for those numbers.”

So numbers 1-11 should be the starting 11. Check.
No names. Check.
You gotta earn your number and more specifically a starting number. Check.
World Cups and Gold Cups matter the most and are special. Check.

Oh man do I love this guy.

U.S.-Mexico rivalry enters new era

August, 9, 2011

Bob Ley, Alexi Lalas and Jorge Ramos preview Jurgen Klinsmann's first match as coach as the United States prepares to take on Mexico.
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd to the roster for the match against regional rival Mexico on Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Loyd replaces fellow defender Timmy Chandler, who is working back to full fitness after suffering an injury setback in advance of the start of the Bundesliga season.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 22 man squad to face Mexico on August 10th at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Brek Shea has been called into the team. Shea earned his first U.S. cap in Philadelphia against Colombia last October, becoming the first player born in the 1990s to earn a cap for the full U.S. National Team. This will be Klinsmann's first match in charge of the US team.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Univision. In addition, Univision will air a live pre-game show beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

“One of the goals of the roster for this game and moving forward is to create competition at each position,” said Klinsmann. “There are many players who are established as well as many players who will get opportunities, and we want there to be a healthy contest for spots on the roster. We will get a good look at where each player is as quickly as we can during the short time in camp, and we will finish with an exciting game against Mexico.”

FCD left for Los Angeles today, Shea will travel to join the US on Sunday then stay in Philly to meet up with FCD and play again on Friday. So Shea will not miss any FCD games.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)



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