FC pundits left SPEECHLESS by Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup claim | ESPN FC

  • Published: 09 January 2020
  • ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Craig Burley react to Jurgen Klinsmann's claim that he would have taken the USMNT to the World Cup 2018 semifinals. Moreno says the Hertha Berlin head coach must truly believe he could have done more with the USMNT, but says the United States lack the talent and player pool to reach the latter stages of the World Cup.


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  • Alex Kozela
    Alex Kozela  5 days back

    Since when are Alejandro Moreno and Craig Burnley experts on the USMNT?

    • Cashmoney Mic
      Cashmoney Mic  1 weeks back

      He actually said the same about the
      Copa America, and he took us there.

      • T Lee
        T Lee  1 weeks back

        IM SO SICK OF THIS ESPN FC PANEL. none of these has-beens provide anything insightful or compelling. no difference than just hiring random fans to talk, not former pros.

        • christisn salas
          christisn salas  1 weeks back

          I dont know..remember brazil 2014..usa played with alot of heart under kilnnsman. I think they could have gotten to the semi finals if it wasnt for that one mistake in the last 30 seconds of the portugal game. US would have won the group if it wasnt for that mistake and maybe gotten to semi finals.

          • Miror B GOD
            Miror B GOD  6 days back

            wouldn't you finish as runner up?

        • misteree78
          misteree78  1 weeks back

          Where's the analysis? US may have taken Panama's place. They certainly could have won the group v England. Then they could have made it to the semi's. When you compare managers in the hex you have to compare their records vs similar teams. Klinsmann 0-2 v Mexico and Costa Rica. Arena 0-1-1. Not that much better. I really wish ESPN would get some real analysts instead of these guys who have huge egos and part of that is shameing the US whenever they can.

          • Steve Burkhart
            Steve Burkhart  1 weeks back

            I call BS on the commentator. If Its the talent pool how have they pulled off big team upsets? its coaching. they're never consistent and don't prioritize international play. Kinnsman had his favorites and couldn't see over their inadequacies. They have no game plan and can't get the team synchronized. When you have a bunch of high dollar pros coming together, it takes a real leader to get them to work together.

            • gbcoolsag
              gbcoolsag  2 weeks back

              I think these guys are taking what Klinsmann said out of context. If you actually watch the interview he did not claim to have some sort magic. All he said was that there was a plan when he was in charge and it was interrupted when he left. He didn't say they would do better just because "I am Jurgen Klinsmann". That's a stupid interpretation of what he actually said.

              • Tony Montepeque
                Tony Montepeque  2 weeks back

                overall every single coaching hire has been sub par, klinsmann just happened to be the least horrible of them all, but hes still bad regardless

                • BadWolve
                  BadWolve  2 weeks back

                  Klinnsmann was indefinitely better than Bruce and his underlings...

                  • G P
                    G P  2 weeks back

                    Almost all five of those goals the U.S. suffered under Klinsmann looked like two of our players were tanking

                    • mateo1726
                      mateo1726  2 weeks back

                      If he stopped calling up Bradley we may have qualified

                      • G P
                        G P  2 weeks back

                        USSF wouldn't have let him. In fact, that conflict is probably what got him fired, and probably why Bradley obviously downed tools on the field a couple of times.

                    • Daniel Abel
                      Daniel Abel  2 weeks back

                      Eh Klinsi has accomplished more in his life then all three of these nobodies out together. I'm going to trust him more in regards to anything football then these chumps

                      • Lorric Logging
                        Lorric Logging  2 weeks back

                        He coulda been a winner. He coulda been somebody!

                        • Matt Snyder
                          Matt Snyder  2 weeks back

                          Craig LOOKS sicker than a dog. Go home bud. Sleep.

                          • Kevin Kermany
                            Kevin Kermany  2 weeks back

                            lost respect for klinsman or whatever his name is.

                            • serialkilla23
                              serialkilla23  2 weeks back

                              USA team are way overrated. They can’t even win gold cup.

                              • Justin Gilbert
                                Justin Gilbert  2 weeks back

                                Why are we still taking about this guy.... Klinsmann was bad... also shows how weak the US Soccer Organization is, they have accomplished so low of a standard that pundits are still talking about Klinsmann ...

                                • ComradeOgilvy1984
                                  ComradeOgilvy1984  2 weeks back

                                  The USMNT was never great, but they had a very solid defense for years, well before Klinnsmann's tenure. And that was the basis for their modest success in WC 2014.
                                  My biggest problem with Klinnsmann is the defense steadily fell apart in the post 2014 years. And it did not soften because Klinnsmann was bringing in new blood -- the important idea his supporters like to talk about; on the pitch, he was more and more dependent on an aging cadre of players to hold the team together.
                                  After the USMNT failed to qualify for 2018, I heard a lot of pundits and fans openly talk about how the US needed to build from a solid defense, like, say, Germany(!). Do we need to know more about how a perfect failure Jurgen Klinnsmann really was?

                                  • Mr. hrfister
                                    Mr. hrfister  2 weeks back

                                    US Soccer started declining during JK's tenure not because of anything he did, but because of our greatest players deciding to come home to play in the mediocre MLS. The MLS's low level of competition is what deteriorated the players and thus deteriorated the national team. It's even worse now with a pro MLS coach fielding pro MLS teams that suck. The USMNT is being regressed before our eyes but they don't care because it is all about money. CONCACAF changing the rule to make it easier for USA to qualify to the next world cup was part of the big plan too so why worry about putting together a good and competitive team? So, after following the USMNT since the late 1990s, I stopped about a year ago. When they bring in a coach that is not dumb enough to field so many mediocre MLS players, like Dave Sarachan for example, maybe I'll start watching them again.

                                    • Gameplay Nation
                                      Gameplay Nation  2 weeks back

                                      I would take Klinsmann again any day over Arena. At least Klinsmann understood that the players playing outside the US are much better than the players used to mls quality of play

                                      • nic soccer evans
                                        nic soccer evans  3 weeks back

                                        American players should all strive to come to europe it will make them better players.... just like baseball players come to the usa to be around great baseball players... this moreno guy clearly doesnt like klinsman and is pro MLS... um i dont agree with his views....

                                        • GorillaRadio88
                                          GorillaRadio88  3 weeks back

                                          Talk is cheap Juergen. You had your chance

                                          • Oscar mmw
                                            Oscar mmw  3 weeks back

                                            U.S In the top 4 😂😂 they could barely beat the Caribbean teams they wouldve just gone to the world cup to be destroyed.

                                            • DJ Bunuelo
                                              DJ Bunuelo  3 weeks back

                                              Just bring Bielsa, everything will get fixed!!! TRUST ME!!!!!😉😉😉😉😉

                                              • Ed the Sock
                                                Ed the Sock  3 weeks back

                                                Ridiculous punditry! If the players are not good enough then the manager is not at fault! Clueless!

                                                • Max Grillo
                                                  Max Grillo  3 weeks back

                                                  I don’t know about the semi-finals, but I think he could’ve taken them further than anyone else. He has a lot of knowledge of the game. Really stupid hearing people calling him arrogant, my dad is actually really good friends with him, not arrogant at all. He believes he could take them to semi-finals, can’t get mad at him for believing that. He’s really not a bad coach at all.

                                                  • Giocrypt
                                                    Giocrypt  3 weeks back

                                                    And Arena did... oh right, nothing

                                                    • Jeff Lebowski
                                                      Jeff Lebowski  3 weeks back

                                                      The Belgium game was amazing and the best a us team have ever been. Bring back jergen! We can’t have an mls style team.

                                                      • Alex Yacoub
                                                        Alex Yacoub  1 weeks back

                                                        Jeff Lebowski amen

                                                      • Deco Lard
                                                        Deco Lard  2 weeks back

                                                        They should of listen to coach and most of the player should of stay in Europe!

                                                      • Omniknight
                                                        Omniknight  2 weeks back

                                                        @cRACk mONKEy The 2002 team played fearless that World Cup they need that again.

                                                      • mateo1726
                                                        mateo1726  2 weeks back

                                                        No just no Jeff

                                                      • cRACk mONKEy
                                                        cRACk mONKEy  2 weeks back

                                                        Not as good as the 2002 team, which surprisingly was mostly MLS players. They should've beaten Germany, and really played better than them. And that Germany team went to the final. That 2002 team on paper shouldn't have been very good, but there was some real chemistry with that team.

                                                    • Jeff Lebowski
                                                      Jeff Lebowski  3 weeks back

                                                      Bring back Jergen!!!

                                                      • Jose Francisco da Silva e Oliveira

                                                        The collective amnesia around Klinnsman stint as the USMNT Manager is frankly the greatest mental trick the soccer community has ever known.

                                                        He was terrible as head coach. The team was consistently disjointed and exhausted. He constantly rotated squads, positions and tactics with no end in mind. He played his best players out of position and had no idea how to change tactics mid-way through a game.

                                                        He was one of the greatest players ever. As coach, he was awful.

                                                        • rthelionheart
                                                          rthelionheart  3 weeks back

                                                          The US is NOT Germany. Germany is powerhouse rivaled only by its peers in Western Europe and perhaps by only two South American teams. Everyone else is beneath them. No team ever becomes a 4-time World Champion by accident.🤨

                                                          • Jon White
                                                            Jon White  3 weeks back

                                                            I think we should all wash our hands of this 👏

                                                            • alex1vid
                                                              alex1vid  3 weeks back

                                                              Ale is all over the place. 1: no, they wouldnt have been top 4. I agree. The reality is they werent so good. AND... a bigger reason for this and their failure for 2018 was the player mentality of quitting the difficult challenges and going for the easier road in MLS. When you have Bradley quitting Europe, Bedoya, Altidore, Dempsey, etc etc. Would they qualify with JK? Probably. Would they do better? Probably not. And I think he probably knows it... because even JK stated in around 2016 that there also weren't as many players in Europe because the demand wasn't there. Thats pretty damning.

                                                              • Chiefbiggums12
                                                                Chiefbiggums12  3 weeks back

                                                                I mean, he is a bit out there, but if we look at and say they replaced panama in that group, belgium would still win the group, if the US can beat england (assuming they get 3 points from the other game) they head into the side of the bracket england was in. They could have beaten columbia and sweden, there ya go, final four. I dont think they would have beaten england but, it would have been possible

                                                                • Morten Christensen
                                                                  Morten Christensen  3 weeks back

                                                                  Jurgen Klinsmann and his US team could at best perform admirably at the WC, maybe hope to squeeze in a 2nd place from a weak group stage, but that would absolutely be it, tops. That is, IF he had the man management to NOT lose the dressing room and if he had a more modern and flexible view on the sport's tactics..
                                                                  US football is still too far behind tactically and development wise to contest the big boys of EU or South America and should settle for competing with the subtop of those unless a golden generation hits.

                                                                  • Kwesi Rollins
                                                                    Kwesi Rollins  3 weeks back

                                                                    They would have made the world cup and they would be farther along on HOW to play. The older players hated him and the Meolas of the world hated him too. Proof: he played Pulisic at the #10 against Mexico and Lalas and Holden KILLED HIM! 2 games later they both said how great it was when Arena did it. Smh. If the goal is to WIN the WC, they are further away now than when they fired Klinnsman.

                                                                    • Eric Johnson
                                                                      Eric Johnson  3 weeks back

                                                                      How is there even a discussion? Klinsmann is responsible for the US NOT qualifying for the last WC, let alone a chance at the semis.

                                                                      • Miror B GOD
                                                                        Miror B GOD  2 weeks back

                                                                        he almost didn't make the hex in the first place after losing to guatemala

                                                                    • whitey 604
                                                                      whitey 604  3 weeks back

                                                                      Did Ale just use the term 'git'.

                                                                      • steven cooke
                                                                        steven cooke  3 weeks back

                                                                        2014 was a mirage: they squeaked out of the group, and then managed to hang tough against a very good Belgian team. They should have been able to qualify for Russia, but there is no way they were better than England, Belgium, Croatia or France. I've always suspected Klinsmann is more style than substance. He was also flattered by Germany's performances in 2006. I have a lot of respect for former Bayern and national team captain Philip Lahm who noted that Klinsmann had no plan or strategy for games leading to players meeting before the game to come up with tactics.

                                                                        • Jace Cook
                                                                          Jace Cook  3 weeks back

                                                                          Would be nice to see the US Soccer president try to make changes and improve the system

                                                                          • Kay Q
                                                                            Kay Q  3 weeks back

                                                                            Does Craig really have to be there? Dudes clearly struggling

                                                                            • Kevin TenEyck
                                                                              Kevin TenEyck  3 weeks back

                                                                              Sadly no country in CONCACAF will ever make it to the semifinals in a World Cup. Only the quarterfinals at best like Mexico, Costa Rica and the US have done before.

                                                                              • Flash Gordon
                                                                                Flash Gordon  2 weeks back

                                                                                SoSaJE Exactly right bro. They are also the most obnoxiously annoying fans on the planet and have ZERO class. Mexico has and never will be anything more than a Decent team at best.

                                                                              • SoSaJE
                                                                                SoSaJE  2 weeks back

                                                                                Flash Gordon Mexico fans are delusional

                                                                              • SoSaJE
                                                                                SoSaJE  2 weeks back

                                                                                US made the semi finals, granted it was during the very first World Cup lol

                                                                              • Flash Gordon
                                                                                Flash Gordon  2 weeks back

                                                                                max chase Good one. 🤦‍♂️ They’ve been a “sleeping giant” their entire soccer life lol. If they really were, they would of woken up long ago, with the likes of Brazil, Germany, France, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy etc etc. But they haven’t, and it’s all do to the FaCT they are extremely overrated and simply aren’t good enough. Just because all the Mexican fans exaggerate about how good the team is doesn’t mean they ACTUALLY are!

                                                                              • max chase
                                                                                max chase  3 weeks back

                                                                                Kevin TenEyck México is a sleeping giant 🇲🇽

                                                                            • Kyle Lurz
                                                                              Kyle Lurz  3 weeks back

                                                                              They said the same thing about the 2006 World Cup squad

                                                                              • Dylan James Chang
                                                                                Dylan James Chang  3 weeks back

                                                                                I do believe it’s realistic for the US to do well... before 2018, Croatia weren’t even contenders to make it out of groups and England was a laughing stock team while guys like Columbia and Sweden were the definition of mid-low table nations in international competition. They all smashed it and suddenly England and Croatia are seen as top nations in football. Any country can make a name for themselves , it just takes 3 games. Iran and Morocco did better than Germany after all at the world cup

                                                                                • Peter Dalmation cro
                                                                                  Peter Dalmation cro  2 weeks back

                                                                                  No chance buddy keep dreaming Croatia’s B team will slap the USA I’m not having a go mate but it’s the cold harsh truth you underestimate Croatia way to much sure sometimes their lazy & don’t perform as they should but when they come to play there’s not many countries that would even come close Croatia’s knockout Germany, Holland , England out of world cups not to mention beating Italy & Spain in past euro championships the list goes on & on who have USA beaten in a World Cup? Your a hundred years behind my friend gee wiz not knowing Croatia have been a constant power since their beginning is beyond me.

                                                                                • Jose Francisco da Silva e Oliveira
                                                                                  Jose Francisco da Silva e Oliveira  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Croatia has a history as a footballing nation. Not necessarily Croatia has a nation (since it didn't exist 30 years ago) but great players came from that part of Europe.

                                                                              • John Barnes
                                                                                John Barnes  3 weeks back

                                                                                Klinsmann was, by far, the best coach the USMNT ever had. That's not saying much but USA did not make to the World Cup mainly due to the idiots upstairs firing Jurgen Klinsmann and replacing him with the godawful Bruce "Bullfrog" Arena.

                                                                                • Miror B GOD
                                                                                  Miror B GOD  6 days back

                                                                                  yep Klinsmann best coach which is why he lost to Jamaica in the gold cup, Guatemala the rouynd before the hex, mexico in the broken dos a cero record and costa rica in the 4-0 thrashing

                                                                              • angel rangel
                                                                                angel rangel  3 weeks back

                                                                                Ale stfu just cause Venezuela sucks bawls

                                                                                • unionse7en
                                                                                  unionse7en  3 weeks back

                                                                                  why not HUDSON? lol

                                                                                  • Cory F
                                                                                    Cory F  3 weeks back

                                                                                    This is the same man that chose Wondo over Donovan. Enough said.

                                                                                    • deomartinez77
                                                                                      deomartinez77  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Exactly!!!! The minute you start leaving your best players for personal reasons is the minute I lost all respect for him.