Friday December 5th, 2014

American goalkeeper Tim Howard describes Jurgen Klinsmann's coaching style in his new autobiography, ESPN FC reports.

In his book, The Keeper, Howard -- who is taking a leave of absence from the U.S. men's national team until September 2015 -- details some of the cultural changes Klinsmann tried to instill among members United States' World Cup squad. Howard writes that under Klinsmann's directions the team adopted new training, nutrition and leisure routines, according to ESPN FC.  

Though Howard says that while the team was unsure about some of the changes, he trusted Klinsmann because of the coach's success with Germany during the 2006 World Cup, where he led his home country to the semifinal. 

For example, Howard discusses some of the dietary changes Klinsmann made, according to ESPN FC. 

"I'd spent my whole life eating PB&Js; somehow, under Jurgen, the sandwich morphed into a natural version of the staple that was practically unrecognizable ... and to my taste buds, inedible," Howard wrote. 

Howard writes that some players felt Klinsmann "micromanaged" the team at times, but the 35-year-old keeper also acknowledges that Klinsmann is responsible for making tough decisions, according to ESPN FC. 

• WAHL: Arena on Donovan, Klinsmann and future of soccer in U.S.

The U.S. reached the round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup, finishing second in its group behind only eventual-champion Germany. 

Howard's club, Everton, currently sits in 11th place in the Premier League and plays at Manchester City on Saturday. 

• Yedlin, Brian named U.S. Soccer Young Athletes of 2014

- This post has been updated.

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