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Klinnsman says no demand for American players, need to prove themselves in World Cup


American soccer players are having a hard time generating interest in Europe during the transfer window ahead of the World Cup. U.S. Men’s National team coach Jurgen Klinsmann says there is a lack of demand. One prominent American player, Michael Bradley, even made the move from Roma to Toronto FC.

“There is no demand. It means for us we have to work even harder — players like Graham Zusi, Matt Besler or Omar Gonzalez — they have to work harder to get the opportunity to be in that picture with teams in Europe for a short period of time and maybe later on for a long period of time,” Klinsmann told Roger Bennett of ESPN FC in an interview. “It is just a sign of reality. The demand is not there.”

Klinsmann said there is still doubt but that could all change with a successful World Cup run.

“That is why they are not calling them in for short-term loans or offering them contracts yet.”

“They want to see first do they really kind of prove it on an international stage first for a longer period of time. We have proved it pretty well now for the last two year. But the World Cup is now your showcase. It is where if you are an MLS-based player and you want to make it to a big shot overseas one day you got to prove it now.”

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