Report: MLS officials growing frustrated with Jurgen Klinsmann
People within Major League Soccer have grown frustrated with Jurgen Klinsmann advising youth national team and MLS Academy players to join European clubs instead of MLS, according to a report from ESPNFC's Jeff Carlisle.
The U.S. men's national team coach issued a statement to ESPNFC through the United States Soccer Federation:
"You have to look at every situation individually and help the player to determine what is best for himself," he said. "There are a lot of parts to the picture, things like the player's ability, what his support structure is like, his past experiences, and his mentality and goals. Some kids would benefit from the environment in Europe, while others are best suited to continue their growth in MLS. There's no one right answer that applies to all players and each player's circumstances changes over time."
In October, Don Garber, the commissioner of MLS, responded to comments Klinsmann made suggesting it's harder for players to maintain good form in MLS than it is in higher-level leagues in Europe.
"I feel very strongly ... that Jurgen's comments are very, very detrimental to the league," Garber said. "They're detrimental to the sport of soccer in America ... and not only are they detrimental; I think that they're wrong." Klinsmann later said Garber misunderstood his comments.
The report says MLS owners are "irate" with Klinsmann's approach, which could lead to scenarios in which homegrown players never suit up for an MLS team even if they played for that team's youth academy.
- Chris Johnson