Jul 21, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (left) looks on prior to the game against El Salvador at M

Jurgen Klinsmann: 'We're catching up with the rest of the world'

After an improbable come-from-behind victory for the United States over Bosnia-Herzevogina. Down 2-0 at halftime, Jurgen Klinsmann was able to rally the troops, and the USMNT was an entirely different team after the break. Four unanswered goals later, and the States proved their dominance and more importantly, kept their winning streak alive.

Klinsmann decided at the half to make a simple change in tactics. After starting in a 4-2-3-1, the head coach converted over to a traditional 4-4-2, pairing strikers Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson up top. Just ten minutes into the second half, Johnson netted the team’s first goal off a touch from Altidore, who went on to tally three of his own.

After the game, Altidore had this to say about the dramatic comeback,

“I don’t think we were as comfortable as a whole, as a team. We didn’t create so much. And I think the two errors [on the Bosnia goals] made us lose confidence but I think in the second half we knew that we could play against Bosnia. We stepped up the tempo a little and I think we created enough chances.”

Klinsmann, when asked about the team’s recent success, had this to offer,

“We learned to keep the tempo higher and higher like European teams do, and we have players who can make a difference within a second like a Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson. Like a Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones in the middle. We’re working on catching up. We want to break into the Top 15 in the world one day. We still have a way to go. But you can see that we are becoming more confident and we can really play the game. We came here to play, not to defend, not to counterbreak. We came here to play eye-to-eye and make the best out of it. Therefore we are very satisfied.”


Tags: Eddie Johnson Jermaine Jones Jozy Altidore Jurgen Klinsmann Michael Bradley United States Soccer USMNT

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