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Marsch critical of Klinsmann’s experimentation, lack of USMNT “identity”

Jesse Marsch

Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch walks off the pitch after losing 2-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps during an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


Former USMNT assistant coach and current New York Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch had some critical words for the recent struggles of the national team.

The 2-times capped U.S. midfielder, 41, watched as Jurgen Klinsmann’s crew put an exclamation point on a series of second-half collapses with a come-from-ahead 3-2 loss to Denmark on Wednesday in a match with bevy of faces playing in new places.

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And he doesn’t get it. Marsch knows it’s a time for experimentation ahead of this summer’s Gold Cup, but is curious as to Klinsmann’s plan.

From Big Apple Soccer:

“I think that the tricky part with entering a new cycle is trying to look at new players but also still maintain the identity of what you want to be. I appreciate that they’ve tried to look at a lot of new players but I’m not sure what the identity is of what they’re trying to build there. So that would be my main question mark.

“It looks to me too much like a bunch of guys kind of thrown together on the field.”

Marsch went on to say that he fears there’s no “consistent message” coming from Klinsmann, who is flirting with different formations and lineups, even going so far as to leave some mainstays off the roster just to look at new folks.

That’s fine, provided players like Geoff Cameron and Mix Diskerud are on board and understand that their summer place is safe, but as many USMNT supporters try to justify the continuing losses and disappointing draws by hoping Klinsmann’s experimentation will pay off, should he have a better answer?

The States are 1-4 in their last five matches, all four defeats coming on the road (Colombia, Ireland, Chile and Denmark), and given how the side looked against Denmark is there any reason to hope for a tidy win against a strong Swiss side on Tuesday?

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