KLINSMANN - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/KLINSMANN News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) World Cup in Brazil was all about possibility, not probability http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsworldcup/58183920-233/cup-brazil-germany-soccer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsworldcup/58183920-233/cup-brazil-germany-soccer.html.csp">World Cup in Brazil was all about possibility, not probability</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T17:05:00.622-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 05:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">&lt;freeform&gt; Now I can get back to work. Now we can all get back to work. It’s over. Those hypothetical, unrealistic scenario-filled moments caused in our brains throughout the last four years can be put down. At least momentarily. We need a break. There’s a reason why the World Cup occurs every four years. It’s draining and addicting; you hold out the hope that something spectacular or disastrous could happen whilst glued. Or both. &lt;b&gt;Mario Gotze&lt;/b&gt; provided a pinch of former...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58183920@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:05:00 MDT World Cup: Klinsmann was right — U.S. not ready to win the World Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58144647-77/klinsmann-million-cup-game.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58144647-77/klinsmann-million-cup-game.html.csp">World Cup: Klinsmann was right — U.S. not ready to win the World Cup</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ronald Blum</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-02T22:33:03.775-06:00">Updated Jul 2, 2014 10:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sao Paulo • Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn’t ready to win the World Cup. The Americans were eliminated in the round of 16 for the second straight tournament. They’ve been ranked 13th or 14th every month since September, which means their exit was pretty much at the stage it’s expected to be. “Clearly it gives you the message you have a lot of work still ahead of you,” the U.S. coach said Wednesday, a day after the 2-1 loss to Belgium in extra time. From Wall Street t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581446472014-07-02T22:33:03.775-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-02T22:33:03.775-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58144647@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:33:03 MDT US says Jozy Altidore available to play vs Belgium http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58133515-77/altidore-klinsmann-appear-available.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58133515-77/altidore-klinsmann-appear-available.html.csp">US says Jozy Altidore available to play vs Belgium</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T22:39:06.7-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 10:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Salvador, Brazil • Jozy Altidore is available to play for the United States in Tuesday’s World Cup second-round game against Belgium, but it does not appear the forward is ready to return to the starting lineup. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said during a news conference Monday that “it’s now difficult to say how many minutes.” Altidore strained his left hamstring in the Americans’ opener against Ghana on June 16 and didn’t appear in their next two games. He has been working out on his own. Aron J...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58133515@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:39:06 MDT World Cup: U.S. hopes to boost attack against Belgium http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58125041-77/cup-game-klinsmann-americans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58125041-77/cup-game-klinsmann-americans.html.csp">World Cup: U.S. hopes to boost attack against Belgium</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ronald Blum</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-27T23:33:30.11-06:00">Updated Jun 27, 2014 11:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sao Paulo • No wonder the United States is having problems scoring at the World Cup: The Americans are hardly attacking. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is eager for the U.S. to create more chances in Tuesday’s second-round game against Belgium. The U.S. had just 72 attacks during three group-stage games, according to FIFA. That ranked 31st among the 32 teams, ahead of only Costa Rica’s 69. The Americans were dead last in attacks from the left with 21 and tied for last with Iran with 29 from the center. ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581250412014-06-27T23:33:30.11-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-27T23:33:30.11-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58125041@www.sltrib.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:33:30 MDT World Cup: Germany coach says MLS schedule bolsters U.S. fitness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58115682-77/loew-ozil-team-physical.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58115682-77/loew-ozil-team-physical.html.csp">World Cup: Germany coach says MLS schedule bolsters U.S. fitness</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRETT MARTEL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-25T23:20:09.959-06:00">Updated Jun 25, 2014 11:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Recife, Brazil • Germany coach Joachim Loew isn’t sure his team’s extra day of rest this week makes up for the months-long scheduling advantage his friend, Jurgen Klinsmann, has had with the U.S. team. On the eve of Germany’s last Group G match against the United States on Thursday, Loew expressed admiration for the relentless physical play the American squad has brought to its first two World Cup matches in hot, humid Brazil. Loew also suggested the Major League Soccer schedule, which is shorte...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581156822014-06-25T23:20:09.959-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-25T23:20:09.959-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58115682@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:20:09 MDT World Cup analysis: USMNT grades after 1-0 loss to Germany http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58119119-77/germany-midfielder-defender-7.5.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58119119-77/germany-midfielder-defender-7.5.csp">World Cup analysis: USMNT grades after 1-0 loss to Germany</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Christopher Kamrani</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-27T16:01:45.191-06:00">Updated Jun 27, 2014 04:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Americans stared death in the face and live on to laugh about it. Whether through celebration, heartbreak or sheer survival skills, the United States men’s national team booked its ticket out of the “Group of Death” Thursday morning in rain-soaked Recife in Brazil. The 1-0 loss to powerhouse Germany wasn’t the most impressive performance turned out by the USMNT, but keeping the damage limited was what really mattered. With Ghana able to knock the U.S. out with a win over Portugal coinciding ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58119119@www.sltrib.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:01:45 MDT World Cup: U.S. and Klinsmann face German friends and foes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58114938-77/germany-goal-american-americans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58114938-77/germany-goal-american-americans.html.csp">World Cup: U.S. and Klinsmann face German friends and foes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RONALD BLUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-25T23:23:44.097-06:00">Updated Jun 25, 2014 11:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Recife, Brazil • When Jermaine Jones stands for the national anthems of his countries Thursday night, he will soak in the moment. Jones, like four American teammates and his coach, will be familiar with both “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the “Deutschlandlied” before the United States’ World Cup game against Germany. After playing three games in 2008 for the nation in which he grew up, Jones switched allegiance to the U.S. two years later. “When I hear the anthem from the United States, I will c...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581149382014-06-25T23:23:44.097-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-25T23:23:44.097-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58114938@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:23:44 MDT Klinsmann says US wants win, not tie, vs Germany http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58105261-77/germany-game-klinsmann-tie.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58105261-77/germany-game-klinsmann-tie.html.csp">Klinsmann says US wants win, not tie, vs Germany</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RONALD BLUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Sports Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-24T16:37:26.546-06:00">Updated Jun 24, 2014 04:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Manaus, Brazil • American players still were showering off the sweat from the steamy Amazon night when the first questions about a possible conspiracy were asked: Would the United States and Germany try to play to a tie Thursday that would guarantee World Cup advancement to both nations? Following Portugal’s 95th-minute goal in a 2-2 draw Sunday, the Americans and Germany both have four points. Portugal and Ghana have one apiece. A draw on Thursday in Recife would clinch first place in Group G f...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581052612014-06-24T16:37:26.546-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-24T16:37:26.546-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58105261@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:37:26 MDT Late Portugal equalizer gives US 2-2 draw http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58101108-77/portugal-americans-game-germany.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58101108-77/portugal-americans-game-germany.html.csp">Late Portugal equalizer gives US 2-2 draw</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ronald Blum </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-22T22:46:43.655-06:00">Updated Jun 22, 2014 10:46PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">They were less than 30 seconds away. The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with their first come-from-behind win at soccer’s showcase. About to advance with a game to spare. About to win consecutive World Cup games for the first time since 1930. But they wilted in the Amazon heat and humidity. Varela’s goal on a diving header off Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross on the game’s last play gave Portugal a 2-2 tie Sunday on an exhausting night in the rain...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58101108@www.sltrib.com Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:46:43 MDT World Cup: Oh so close, Americans wilt at end in Amazon heat http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58103024-77/americans-cup-goal-germany.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58103024-77/americans-cup-goal-germany.html.csp">World Cup: Oh so close, Americans wilt at end in Amazon heat</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RONALD BLUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-24T16:37:27.217-06:00">Updated Jun 24, 2014 04:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Manaus, Brazil • They were less than 30 seconds away. The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with their first come-from-behind win at soccer’s showcase. About to advance with a game to spare. About to win consecutive World Cup games for the first time since 1930. But they wilted in the Amazon heat and humidity. Varela’s goal on a diving header off Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross 4 1/2 minutes into five minutes of stoppage time gave Portugal a 2-2 tie ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581030242014-06-24T16:37:27.217-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-24T16:37:27.217-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58103024@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:37:27 MDT World Cup: Klinsmann’s outlook changed in California http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58088999-77/klinsmann-american-germany-california.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58088999-77/klinsmann-american-germany-california.html.csp">World Cup: Klinsmann’s outlook changed in California</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RONALD BLUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-19T23:33:14.862-06:00">Updated Jun 19, 2014 11:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sao Paulo • Jurgen Klinsmann was 19 years old and playing for his hometown Stuttgarter Kickers in Germany’s second division when he touched down in the United States for the first time. The team president had wanted to challenge his players to achieve more in 1983-84. “So he came into the locker room after the first part of the season and said, ‘You know, guys, if you end up in the top 10 out of 18 or 20, I get you 10 days in Miami, because I have a house in Fort Lauderdale, book you a nice hote...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580889992014-06-19T23:33:14.862-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-19T23:33:14.862-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58088999@www.sltrib.com Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:33:14 MDT World Cup: Grading the U.S. against Ghana http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58076049-77/ghana-cup-forward-defender.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58076049-77/ghana-cup-forward-defender.html.csp">World Cup: Grading the U.S. against Ghana</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHRIStopher KAMRANI</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-17T09:06:26.021-06:00">Updated Jun 17, 2014 09:06AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">For all the flack Jurgen Klinsmann received for his 23-man roster for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the United States men’s national team coach now has quite the counterargument. The Americans beat Ghana 2-1, the team they’ve been waiting to squash for the last eight years Monday in their World Cup opener in Natal, Brazil. Of all the likely heroes to deliver three points in the waning moments of a World Cup match, it was a 21-year-old German-American who at least until a month ago, wa...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58076049@www.sltrib.com Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:06:26 MDT World Cup: U.S. coach Klinsmann sounds more confident on eve of opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58071910-77/ghana-cup-klinsmann-coach.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58071910-77/ghana-cup-klinsmann-coach.html.csp">World Cup: U.S. coach Klinsmann sounds more confident on eve of opener</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RONALD BLUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-15T22:12:14.596-06:00">Updated Jun 15, 2014 10:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Natal, Brazil • Jurgen Klinsmann speaks with pragmatism. He books his airline tickets with hope. The U.S. coach caused a stir in the lead-up to soccer’s championship when he said that “I think for us now, talking about winning a World Cup is just not realistic.” But on the eve of the Americans’ opener against Ghana, he revealed this: “I booked my flight after the final.” The U.S. has never advanced after starting with a loss, and it is grouped with the 37th-ranked Black Stars along with No. 2 Ge...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580719102014-06-15T22:12:14.596-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-15T22:12:14.596-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58071910@www.sltrib.com Sun, 15 Jun 2014 22:12:14 MDT World Cup: Klinsmann: Unrealistic for U.S. to expect title http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58055445-77/espn-cup-american-klinsmann.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58055445-77/espn-cup-american-klinsmann.html.csp">World Cup: Klinsmann: Unrealistic for U.S. to expect title</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RONALD BLUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-11T23:18:41.257-06:00">Updated Jun 11, 2014 11:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sao Paulo • American fans decked out in red, white and blue watched their team’s lone public training session in Brazil, cheering and seeking autographs. Jurgen Klinsmann maintains they shouldn’t expect the U.S. to lift soccer’s top trophy for the first time July 13, even if that stance upsets some. “I think for us now, talking about winning a World Cup is just not realistic,” the American coach said Wednesday during his first news conference in Brazil before the tournament. “First, we’ve got to...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580554452014-06-11T23:18:41.257-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-11T23:18:41.257-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58055445@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:18:41 MDT Soccer: Jozy Altidore scores twice, U.S. beats Nigeria 2-1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58041423-77/altidore-goal-nigeria-cup.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58041423-77/altidore-goal-nigeria-cup.html.csp">Soccer: Jozy Altidore scores twice, U.S. beats Nigeria 2-1</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARK LONG</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-07T22:51:07.665-06:00">Updated Jun 7, 2014 10:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jacksonville, Fla. • Jozy Altidore insists his six-month scoreless streak never bothered him. No sleepless nights. No feelings of frustration. Not even a bit of worry it would stretch into the World Cup. His coach believes otherwise. Whatever the case, Altidore and the United States won’t have to deal with that story line in Brazil. Altidore scored a pair of goals to lead the United States over Nigeria 2-1 Saturday night in the Americans’ World Cup send-off match. Altidore tapped in Fabian John...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580414232014-06-07T22:51:07.665-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-07T22:51:07.665-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58041423@www.sltrib.com Sat, 07 Jun 2014 22:51:07 MDT Applying Jurgen Klinsmann’s cold logic to the Utah Jazz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58033590-87/nba-title-klinsmann-teams.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58033590-87/nba-title-klinsmann-teams.html.csp">Applying Jurgen Klinsmann’s cold logic to the Utah Jazz</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matthew Piper</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-07T20:36:01.297-06:00">Updated Jun 7, 2014 08:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">You want the truth? U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann put that to the test this week when he was asked if his team can win the 2014 World Cup. “For us, we have to play the game of our lives seven times to win the tournament,” he told The New York Times. “Realistically, it is not possible.” You’d hope that’s not a preview of his pregame speech for Ghana on June 16. But unless you believe the U.S. can tie or beat its opponents with a subpar effort, you have to admit that he’s right. Math says so. ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58033590@www.sltrib.com Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:36:01 MDT World Cup: Klinsmann says U.S. defense still ‘work in progress’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58029892-77/beasley-cup-klinsmann-team.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58029892-77/beasley-cup-klinsmann-team.html.csp">World Cup: Klinsmann says U.S. defense still ‘work in progress’</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated PRess</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-04T22:41:34.136-06:00">Updated Jun 4, 2014 10:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jacksonville, Fla. • The U.S. is getting a little defensive about its defense. After allowing several decent scoring chances early against Turkey last Sunday, the Americans settled down in the 2-1 victory. But the rocky start caused more conversation and maybe more concern about what many believe is the team’s glaring weakness heading into the World Cup in Brazil. Players brushed aside questions about the sometimes sluggish back line as they practiced in Jacksonville for Saturday’s sendoff serie...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58029892@www.sltrib.com Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:41:34 MDT Soccer: U.S. lacks toughest opponents in warmups for World Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58012624-77/cup-klinsmann-games-teams.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58012624-77/cup-klinsmann-games-teams.html.csp">Soccer: U.S. lacks toughest opponents in warmups for World Cup</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-05-31T23:00:44.491-06:00">Updated May 31, 2014 11:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Defending champion Spain and stars Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta will train in the Washington, D.C., area next week. England and Wayne Rooney arrive Sunday for a week of workouts in Miami. Ivory Coast and Didier Drogba have games in St. Louis and Texas. But instead of preparing for the World Cup against top teams and global stars, the United States arranged a sendoff series against No. 85 Azerbaijan, No. 39 Turkey and No. 44 Nigeria. Not that U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann didn’t try...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580126242014-05-31T23:00:44.491-06:00" id="#license-2014-05-31T23:00:44.491-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58012624@www.sltrib.com Sat, 31 May 2014 23:00:44 MDT Soccer: Clint Dempsey ready to go as U.S. breaks Stanford camp http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58004517-77/klinsmann-dempsey-stanford-cup.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58004517-77/klinsmann-dempsey-stanford-cup.html.csp">Soccer: Clint Dempsey ready to go as U.S. breaks Stanford camp</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-05-29T23:14:02.126-06:00">Updated May 29, 2014 11:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Stanford, Calif. • U.S. captain Clint Dempsey’s sore left groin has improved, and coach Jurgen Klinsmann plans to start him in the Americans’ second World Cup warm-up this weekend against Turkey. The 23 players geared up for their final workout at Stanford on Thursday, a quick session in the pool, before leaving the Bay Area to fly east. Klinsmann said Dempsey was still slightly limited in his movements by design during Wednesday’s training, avoiding any sideways cuts or runs to avoid re-aggrava...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580045172014-05-29T23:14:02.126-06:00" id="#license-2014-05-29T23:14:02.126-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58004517@www.sltrib.com Thu, 29 May 2014 23:14:02 MDT