Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber criticized United States men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for his player selection policy, telling reporters at MLS Media Day in Los Angeles that Klinsmann isn't calling in his best players.
Feilhaber feels that he and many other players are overlooked by Klinsmann despite how well they play, and he's accepted the fact he's not getting called back in as long as Klinsmann is manager.
“I don’t know what that reason is,” Feilhaber said Tuesday. “I don’t know if Jurgen doesn’t like these players, he doesn’t like their attitude, he doesn’t like their faces, he thinks they are ugly. I don’t know.”
Feilhaber went on to say that he does not feel that Klinsmann is judging some players based on their performances.
“I’ve accepted the fact that Jurgen’s not going to call me,” Feilhaber said. “If I play the year that I played this last year, and I’m not getting a call, then I’m not going to get an opportunity under Jurgen.”
Feilhaber told reporters that he feels Klinsmann focuses on younger players who could improve the team down the road, rather than veteran players in their prime.
“He would rather put young guys on the team that potentially could become somewhat important on the team and he leaves out players that could make the team better right now. That’s the No. 1 job of a national team coach. Not to make the team as good as he can make it in five years, to make it as good as he can make it now and continuously improve it,” Feilhaber said.