BY: John Mamola
Why even play the games if your own head coach doesn’t believe you can win the title?
With the World Cup starting up in Brazil next week, Team USA is gearing up to head abroad and play for the right to be known as the world’s best. Unfortunately with former German star Jurgen Klinsmann heading up the US Men’s National Team, sometimes his honesty makes headlines here in the states.
Like when he says he doesn’t think his team can win the World Cup.
In an interview with the New York Times’ Sam Borden, Klinsmann said that “is not possible” for the Americans to win the World Cup in 2014.
“We cannot win this World Cup, because we are not at that level yet,” Klinsmann said. “For us, we have to play the game of our lives seven times to win the tournament.”
Fact is that seven of the United States’ 23 players heading to Brazil are under the age of 25, and only six outfield players are over the age of 30. Klinsmann mentioned that most pro sports franchises tend to rely upon established stars unlike Team USA and many of those stars have reached their peak and have no room for growth.
With the national team, he’s doing the opposite.
“Kobe Bryant, for example — why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is going to do in the next two years for the Lakers? Of course not. Of course not. He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?”
You can read the entire interview at the New York Times.