January 30, 2013
WHO'S GOING TO HONDURAS?
Klinsmann says he has a pretty good idea
HOUSTON -- It's exactly a week to the United States' first qualifying match of the World Cup hexagonal vs. Honduras.
|Jurgen Klinsmann: "We have a pretty clear picture of who we want to take to Honduras."
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U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann said the performances in Tuesday night's scoreless draw with Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium impacted his roster selection for the CONCACAF game.
"We have a pretty clear picture of who we want to take to Honduras, but you have to be patient with us for a couple more days," he said. "We also need to see where our Europeans are at, where our guys in Mexico are at. Some have an injury problem, some have rhythm problems from not playing that much. We're going to evaluate that over the next two or three days, and then get that entire group together in Miami, but that was not depending on tonight."
Even though the U.S. used mostly a team dominated by Major League Soccer players -- 19 of the 23-man roster came from the league -- Klinsmann said he was not deterred by the result. The Canadians were coming up a staggering 4-0 defeat to Denmark in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday.
"I'm not disappointed because you just hope that after those three weeks of hard work that they get that moment to shine, and you wish it for them," he said. "I think we saw over the past three weeks that we have a pretty good picture of where they are at. You wish that they can finish it off in a friendly game, but it's always difficult to start the season with your first game and have only training scrimmages before. With Canada staying back and being very defensive-minded, you just hope that sooner or later it opens up, but that was not the case."
Canada deployed a five-man midfield, which bottled up the American attack. The U.S., however, did not have many answers to break down the visitors.
"I guess the frustration is not only with them, but with us," midfielder Joshua Gatt said. "As a team, we did a good job keeping of the ball, but when our attacking players were going through, we didn't get a lot of the quality balls in behind. We really needed to put the dagger in them, and that was our problem tonight. We did a good job in the two-thirds that were the midfield and defensive, but in the final third we lacked the killer ball, the killer shot and the killer pass. That was our problem tonight."