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Highlights of Jürgen Klinsmann’s press conference before Jamaica match

File photo of German soccer star Klinsmann, who is currently the coach of the United States men's national team, smiling during an event in the Times Square region of New York

German soccer star Jurgen Klinsmann, who is currently the coach of the United States men’s national team, smiles during an event in the Times Square region of New York, in this April 4, 2013 file photo. Tottenham Hotspur have to qualify for the Champions League or risk losing England’s Footballer of the Year Gareth Bale, former Spurs talisman Klinsmann said in an interview with Reuters. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

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As is customary the day before international matches, United States head coach Jürgen Klinsmann fielded questions from media members on Thursday, ahead of the team’s World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Friday. Here are some highlights, tweeted by media in attendance:

Klinsmann says Geoff Cameron’s best position is as a center back. He wants Cameron to “kick somebody out at Stoke City.” #usmnt

— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) October 10, 2013


Klinsmann also said Eddie Johnson would have started against Jamaica. Obviously he won’t now. #usmnt

— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) October 10, 2013


JK on chances 4 new faces to break into #USMNT pool B4 Brazil. “Door is always open” then “I don’t see a lot of surprises around the corner”

— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) October 10, 2013


Klinsmann says DaMarcus Beasley “has cemented himself in that left back role.” #usmnt

— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) October 10, 2013


Without explicitly stating his lineup, Klinsmann’s comments seem to indicate that Geoff Cameron will start in the middle in place of an injured Omar González on Friday, and DaMarcus Beasley will reprise his newfound role at left back. By being named captain for the game, Tim Howard is set for the start in goal.

Who do you see in your starting 11? What should Klinsmann be trying to accomplish in these last two games, with the team already qualified? Give us your thoughts below.

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