Klinsmann says not criticizing MLS, welcomes 'debate'

Oct 17, 2014, 3:44 AM EDT
Head coach of the USA Juergen Klinsmann looks on before the international friendly match between Czech Republic and USA on September 3, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.
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United States coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Thursday that he was not criticizing or disparaging Major League Soccer by expressing regret that key players Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley had switched to the MLS from two of Europe's top clubs. Reuters writes:

Saying he welcomed a growing culture of impassioned debate over soccer issues in the United States such as the one that erupted this week over his comments, Klinsmann added the MLS had improved a lot in recent years and was clearly on the rise.

In an interview with Reuters near his adopted home, Klinsmann said he simply wanted to see the best American players compete in the pressure-packed atmosphere of the world’s best leagues in Europe to be ready for the challenges of the next World Cup in 2018.

“It’s great to see that we have debates and public discussions like this because that shows that more and more people care about soccer in this country,” Klinsmann said when asked about criticism from MLS Commissioner Don Garber about his views. “In Europe, in South America and in Mexico we’re all used to this,” Klinsmann said.

“It’s part of people’s everyday lives – to have debates about different opinions. It’s just starting now in the United States and I think it’s pretty cool.”

Jurgen Klinsmann’s comments about Michael Bradley, USMNTers in MLS, and being a believer of a pro-rel system caught the attention of the soccer world including MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Playingfor90 writes:

Earlier this week Don Garber spoke at a somewhat thrown together teleconference with the media to respond to Klinsmann’s thoughts. On Thursday night, Klinsmann responded to Garber in a Reuters interview.

Both have valid, and not so valid points, but that’s not the issue being addressed here. Instead, both should pick up a telephone and have a direct conversation instead of speaking to each other through reporters. Klinsmann and Garber each have ideals and points to make. They spoke to reporters because they want their opinion known and shared to the general population. However, it seems childish and immature.

They both need to man up and pick up the telephone and talk to each other directly. Both have the right to speak publicly about the issues they have. At the same, both are key leaders within many soccer circles and are highly respected. Thus, they should understand that it is better to communicate directly with someone you have an issue with.