New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – U.S. men’s coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants his national team players loaned to Europe after the MLS playoffs to be familiarized with their World Cup opponents next year in Brazil.
The US national team already has players seeing action overseas, such as Alejandro Bedoya of Nantes and Aron Johannsson of AZ Alkmaar.
“I think Alejandro’s (Bedoya) move to Nantes was very significant because he’s getting to play against the guys that we’re going to meet next year in Brazil,” Klinsmann told USSoccer.com.
“He (Bedoya) just scored a goal against Mexico’s No. 1 goal keeper and therefore it is what we’re looking for. We want our players to get to the highest level possible in order to have that competition, in order to meet the guys that they are probably going to play against in the World Cup,” said Klinsmann.
A January national team training camp in both Brazil and Southern California are already in place for those who would not see action in Europe.
“Whoever won’t be on loan in January or February overseas is going to be part of our mandatory January camp,” Klinsmann noted.
He added they will try check out some younger players in forming a roster of 20 to 23 guys that are highly motivated and inspired to go into the World Cup year.
Klinsmann also expects them to have an impact in the MLZ playoffs and not just go with the flow.
MLS playoffs begin next Wednesday and Klinsmann said he hopes to see Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan and Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi lead the way for their clubs.