Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron insists the US national team is making huge steps under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, hailing the German’s knowledge and managerial skills.
Replacing Bob Bradley at the helm in July 2011, Klinsmann proceeded to guide the US to a top-spot finish in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, while also winning the 2013 Gold Cup, with his success earning him a contract extension to 2018.
Going on to navigate the Stars and Stripes through the supposed ‘group of death’ at Brazil 2014 this past summer, before a spirited last-16 extra-time defeat to Belgium, Cameron believes the former Tottenham Hotspur striker has done an outstanding job so far and hopes he stays with the programme for the foreseeable future.
“He has done it all. He knows what it takes to win and he’s a guy that you want to play for because he has respect and he knows what you are going through as a player”, he told ProSoccerTalk.
“Mentally, physically. Everything. He knows what to do to push you and he is always there for advice. For me he has been fantastic and you’ve seen what we have done over the last few years. I think he has taken the national team to the next level.”
With Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino already coming under pressure after a lacklustre start to his reign, some have tipped Klinsmann to take over from the under-fire Argentine in the near future.
The club legend was in fact at White Hart Lane for Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Stoke City, but only because his US side are preparing at the team’s training ground this week ahead of their friendly match against Colombia at Craven Cottage on Friday night.
Klinsmann, however, has given his full backing to the ex-Southampton manager, but didn’t rule out a return to north London one day when pressed in an interview with the Guardian.
“I don’t know. Right now I see me hopefully doing a good job for us [the US],” he said.
“I never imagined when I was a player that I would become a coach. So you never know what happens tomorrow and in life. I keep that open-mindedness with me, that was part of my career, and see where life takes us.
“For now I wish Mauricio only the best,” he continued. “I think he’s a tremendous, talented coach. He’s shown that already. He’s got a smart brain, we’ll see over time how things work out. If you want to evaluate the work of a coach then you can only do that over a longer period of time.”