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Jul 1, 2014; Salvador, BRAZIL; United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Landon Donovan on Klinsmann: 'Don't think we were set up to succeed'

The United States World Cup run captivated the hearts and attention of the nation. They made it to the knockout round winning only one game along the way, drawing one and losing one. Overall the run is looked at as a success, but perhaps the United States could’ve done better.

Landon Donovan ripped USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann and said that the team wasn’t set up to succeed in an interview with Major League Soccer’s official website on Wednesday.


“It’s a results-oriented business, and so, results-wise, you can hold your head high,” he added. “If you really look at the performances, there were some good performances by guys, some not-so-good performances by guys. As a whole, I think tactically, the team was not set up to succeed.

“They were set up in a way that was opposite from what they’ve been the past couple years, which is opening up, passing, attacking – trying to do that. And the team’s been successful that way. Why they decided to switch that in the World Cup, none of us will know. From a playing standpoint, I think the guys will probably be disappointed in the way things went.”

Of course take this with a grain of salt, there were injuries that forced Klinsmann to change their line up, notably to center forward Jozy Altidore. There is also that bit about Klinsmann leaving Donovan of the World Cup that ‘taints’ Donovan’s opinion on it to a certain degree.

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