Here are a couple quick notes from the U.S. national team:
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— First off, Puebla of Mexico’s Liga MX has refused to let DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco join the USMNT for Wednesday’s friendly against Mexico in Phoenix. Puebla is currently in a relegation battle, which might serve to explain the team’s reasoning. The game is not during a FIFA international window, so teams can block the call-ups. No additions will be made to the U.S. roster.
“We are very disappointed in the decision by Puebla,” coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a release. “When the match was scheduled, it was with the spirit that both teams would have access to their domestic-based players for what is a very important game for those competing for spots in the World Cup. Both MLS and most clubs in Liga MX honored that idea. While we understand their position, it’s a huge opportunity lost for DaMarcus and Michael and doesn’t contribute to the continuation of this respected rivalry.”
— Ticket sales for the game are over 50,000.
— Klinsmann has made a significant change to his coaching staff just a couple months before the World Cup. Longtime assistant Martin Vasquez, who had been on Klinsmann’s staff at Bayern Munich, has been dropped and will be reassigned somewhere in U.S. Soccer. Replacing him will be Tab Ramos, the USSF youth technical director and U-20 men’s national team coach.
“As we move toward the World Cup, we are shifting some responsibilities within the technical staff that we believe will put individuals in areas of strength and provide us with the best opportunity to be successful,” Klinsmann said in a release.
— Lastly, former German national team player and coach Berti Vogts has been appointed as a special advisor to the USMNT. Vogts, 67, won a World Cup as part of Germany’s 1974 team and was the last coach to lead Germany to a trophy (Euro ’96).
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Berti join us as an advisor,” said Klinsmann in a release. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both as a player and a coach, and he knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. He was my coach for Germany in the 1990s and we have a great relationship. Through his time as the head coach of Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan, he is obviously very familiar with our opponents in the group stage of the World Cup, and for us this is a huge bonus.”
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