Bob Bradley took the United States men’s national soccer team as far as he could during his five-year reign. He is someone that should be respected and will go down as one of the best U.S. managers ever.
Jurgen Klinsmann however is trying to start a legacy of his own. He is the first manager for the Nats who is not American in the modern era. This means that he is changing a whole entire system and trying to expand the player pool.
The first games that he has managed should not alarm supporters because right now it is about the process. He is implementing a style that is very different from anything that Bob Bradley used.
He is pushing a possession-oriented game where the United States will dictate the tempo of the matchups against CONCACAF competition.
This is something that the Nats always should have been able to with the talent they have. It is also something that fans have been calling for.
Take notice of the vast change here.
Another thing that Klinsmann has changed up is the style of play. He encourages positive possession where the runs off the ball are very meaningful.
He wants to have a very attractive attacking style of play. The U.S. men have not fully gotten it, but there have been true flashes of brilliance at times.
The matchup against Costa Rica saw them play what supporters should expect under the new regime.
Klinsmann has not fixed everything. The urgency that the U.S. needs in front of goal is just not there yet.
Many of the U.S. strikers are scoring for their respective clubs, but they have not translated to the Nats.
They truly have not been able to put the nail on the coffin on the teams that they should have.
If Honduras is not put away there will be some big questions asked of Jurgen Klinsmann.
For now Klinsmann has cured what is ailing the sport, but he needs to get the players to translate their positive play into goals.