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Klinsmann: US ‘eager to move to next level’

Demspey, Bocanegra, and Edu just handful of Americans who made 'upward moves' as transfer window closed

By | 6th September 2012

With a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica looming, U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke about the recent moves a handful of players on his roster made towards the end of the international transfer window.

Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Carlos Bocanegra, Geoff Cameron, and Oguchi Onyewu all switched clubs before the window closed, moves that Klinsmann describes as ‘upward moves’ to ‘clubs of a certain caliber.’

“It’s been a hectic and, a little bit also stressful, time for a couple of players in that transfer period, but now we are all thrilled,” said Klinsmann.

He added: “I think it shows you what is going on here. Our players are eager to move to the next level, they are eager to prove a point. Never ever [have] so many Americans played overseas in top leagues, and moved in those top leagues even to a higher level.”

“That was the message from the beginning, when I came onboard, is telling them, ‘You’ve got to step it up, and you’ve got to make it higher up.”

Although he has yet to announce his lineup for the match at Independence Park on Friday night, Klinsmann acknowledged the trio of Dempsey, Edu, and Bocanegra could all be reinserted into the lineup for the crucial World Cup qualifier in Jamaica.



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