Jurgen Klinsmann stands by comments about U.S. player fitness
U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann stood by his comments about his players' fitness, saying that some players currently participating in the team’s training camp are not fit enough.
This week, Klinsmann called for Major League Soccer to institute an 11-month schedule to help with player fatigue.
"Some were very well prepared," Klinsmann said to ESPN.com. "But in a team, you're only as good as your worst player. Whoever was not prepared brings down the level. And then it's a chain reaction throughout the whole group."
Klinsmann did not name any specific players that were out of shape. The United States is preparing for a friendly match against Panama on Sunday.
“What I kind of wanted to bring across is, if part of the group is not prepared physically for international games, the whole team will suffer,” he said, according to ESPN.
"My comments aren't meant to criticize anybody, it's just where we are right now. It's understandable," Klinsmann added. "But I think it's important that the players are not getting away with it."
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