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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

March 19, 2013
TAKING THE HIGH ROAD
Carlos Bocanegra doesn't criticize Klinsmann decision to leave him off the roster


U.S. international defender Carlos Bocanegra took the high road when writing about being left out of the U.S. National Team by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for its World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Mexico.

"During the last 18 months Jurgen has introduced a lot of new ideas to the team and has a vision of how he wants to grow the program," Bocanegra said on his Facebook page. "Every coach around the world has his own style and methods. He has always been up front with players about where they stand and where he sees them going.

"Not every player is going to be happy with all of the decisions and methods, but he will tell you to your face where you stand. From a coach, that is the best thing you could ask for. One of the greatest strengths of this team has always been our unity and spirit, and we all remain committed to the cause of qualifying for the World Cup."

Bocanegra, 32, was not called in because he hasn't been playing regularly for Racing Santander in the Spanish Second Division.

A veteran of two World Cups and 110 international appearances, Bocanegra is the most experienced U.S. defender.

He did not start in the road match at Jamaica last September, in which the U.S. lost a 1-0 lead en route to a 2-1 loss. Klinsmann returned him to the lineup for the second match in the home-and-home series, a 1-0 American win.

Klinsmann called in Bocanegra for the Honduras match in San Pedro Sula on Feb. 6, but did not start the veteran. The U.S. suffered a 2-1 loss.

   
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