World Cup Team USA Preview: The Klinsmann Style

Monday, June 09, 2014

US National soccer team 2012 US National soccer team vs. Guatemala at LiveStrong Sporting Park October 16, 2012 (Brent Flanders/flickr)

Learn everything you need to know about Team USA as the squad prepares for the World Cup in Brazil. Matthew Futterman, senior special writer at the Wall Street Journal, talks about the evolution of the US men's soccer team's personnel and style of play under its relatively new coach, the German-born Jurgen Klinsmann.

Anatomy of a Klinsmann-Style Goal


Matthew Futterman

Comments [12]

Lesa from On the road again!

Brutish not as skilled as the world.

Until US players learn that in order to compete in the world, you can't always go direct to goal-the US team will be hard-pressed to get out of the group.

BTW to Brian's producers- I held on for 20 minutes to get on the air and no one had the courtesy to tell me that my comments wouldn't be used. A little courtesy will go a long way, especially when you ask me for more donations. Just sayin...

Jun. 11 2014 10:17 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Teams from different countries do have radically different styles, very nice to see. (The U.S. - hegemoniac style - can we get a host who doesn't hate America?)

Jun. 10 2014 08:09 AM

And is it possible for me to care less about the predictable bleatings on soccer of people who couldn't care less about soccer? No, it is not possible, especially when they are so ignorant of the game.

The USA's men's team is now ranked 13th in the world. That's probably a little generous, but believe me, nobody looks forward to playing us. We aren't great but we can ruin anybody's day, including that of Germany, Spain and Brazil. We'll just see what happens in Brazil.

BTW WFAN is 660 AM.

Jun. 09 2014 12:06 PM

FIFA is a sick disturbing joke

Jun. 09 2014 12:05 PM

@hilts: The team doesn't stink. Is it as good as previous World Cup squads? No, but they're also not terrible.

As for their progress in the Cup, they may not make it out of the group stage, but it'll have nothing to do with their talent level or Klinsman's coaching. Our group has four strong teams in it and only two can advance. THAT will be why we won't get past the group stage.

Jun. 09 2014 11:55 AM
OJ from New Jersey

Full of desire . . . not enough experience!

Jun. 09 2014 11:47 AM

grit not grace, soul, some goals

Jun. 09 2014 11:41 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

I wonder: is it possible for me to care any LESS about soccer/cup/whatever? Not sure if that is possible.

Jun. 09 2014 11:40 AM
Matt from Brooklyn

Great to hear a segment on this topic... I'm looking forward to the World Cup. It's going to be fun.
This US team is going to play its heart out. We want to win the World Cup - and will do everything we can to win. That's right... Got a motto:
"We work hard and have fun."

Jun. 09 2014 11:33 AM
Richard from Brooklyn

No time outs, no special teams.

Jun. 09 2014 11:33 AM
Capper from NYC

Team USA -- Slowly but surely one day sublime

Jun. 09 2014 11:27 AM


All you need to know about the US men's soccer team is that they stink and they won't make it out of the first round.

This should be your first and last segment on the US men's soccer team.

Jun. 09 2014 08:02 AM

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