Former USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann is excited about the future of his old team.
Jurgen Klinsmann was the manager of the United States Men’s National Team for five years.
After a run of poor form, he parted ways with US Soccer and has been out of football since.
But the former German international and World Cup Winner bears no ill will to his old employer.
In fact, he follows with anticipation and sees a bright future ahead for them.
In an interview with ESPN, he talks about the up and coming players, as well as the current man in charge Gregg Berhalter and the great job he is doing.
Of the new generation of players Klinsmann said:
“You know you look at Tyler Adams, you look at obviously Christian Pulisic.”
“You have several players, Josh Sargent, to come out of the Tab Ramos U-20 group over the last few years, who has done tremendously well with the U-20s.”
“So when you have a U-20 national team that now three times went to the final eight of a World Cup, that means that you have quality, you have quality young players.”
“So now you have a midfield with Weston McKennie, with Adams, with Pulisic, with Sargent upfront.”
“They promise a lot of quality. Younger players coming through and they are trying their best in whatever leagues they are playing.”
“So there is some potential there.”
He has high hopes for Gregg Berhalter and hopes he gets the chance to do well.
“You wish that he is given a chance to make the players grow.”
“I think he saw things from different perspectives.”
“He played in Europe as well. So he knows a little bit about the European approach to things.”
“He knows obviously how things work in the U.S. He needs time to bring in his ideas and make things grow.”
“At the end of the day, you need the competition and the competition is CONCACAF.”
“So it’s a big task for Gregg but I’m positive that he is doing well.”
The US men’s team have some big steps to follow in given the success of the Women’s team.
Recent reports suggest that the female program stateside has surpassed the men in terms of popularity.