Alejandro Bedoya Scores; Jurgen Klinsmann Shares January Camp Thoughts

February 11, 2016
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Alejandro Bedoya continued his red-hot form of late, scoring in Nantes’ 4-3 extra-time win over Bordeaux in the Coupe de France on Wednesday. His game-winning goal came in dramatic fashion in the 118th minute.

In other United States men’s national team news, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann shared his thoughts on this year’s January camp in a Q+A with ussoccer.com. However, the first question raised some eyebrows as it indicated there were no injuries in the camp, despite Brad Evans and Kellyn Acosta both suffering hamstring tweaks – an injury tendency that seems to occur quite often in Klinsmann camps.

Here’s the question in full: “After four weeks, no injuries, and two wins to start the year, what were you most satisfied with from the camp?”

Klinsmann also praised Steve Birnbaum for his efforts, being a difference-maker in both January camp matches. The coach indicated he had to play Birnbaum at right back in the second match because he didn’t have any other options, saying “He had to play at right back suddenly because there was no real option at that moment.”

However, Klinsmann’s initial January camp roster only contained five defenders and his short-sightedness regarding the roster also resulted in Jermaine Jones having to play center back again, despite repeatedly struggling at the position.

Over the past few years, the inability to look ahead has been an issue for the U.S. coach on multiple occasions. Recently, he even indicated that it was not his job to think about “What if?” when selecting a roster.


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