An interview with U.S. men's soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann

The Stream kicks off World Cup 2014 by speaking to Jurgen Klinsmann about Team USA's chances in Brazil.

Sneak peek: Klinsmann on why he cut superstar Landon Donovan from the team

Saturday, June 7 at 5:30pm ET:

The Stream features one-on-one interviews with the U.S. men’s national team players and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. We ask about his controversial decision to drop superstar Landon Donovan ahead of facing the so-called “group of death” in the first stage of the 2014 World Cup. Will this young team have what it takes to beat low expectations and advance to the next round?  Also, with security concerns at an all-time high, we discuss reports that the controversial company formally known as Blackwater has provided training for Brazil's security forces.

 

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Jurgen Klinsmann, U.S. men's national team head coach

Tim Howard, U.S. national team goalkeeper

Kyle Beckerman, U.S. national team midfielder

Jeff Carlisle, ESPN soccer columnist

Jules Boykoff, Associate professor at Pacific University

Patricia Campos Mello, Folha de S. Paulo reporter

Show highlights

I love the underdog role. I really do. It's a spot where you can band together. You can say 'it's us against the world,' 'nobody believes in us,' and you can feed off that... It wouldn't be called the group of death if we weren't worthy of that.

Kyle Beckerman

Midfielder, U.S. men's national team

When you think back to 10 years ago, in terms of popularity, in terms of media awareness, the game has advanced in order of magnitude. It's really been quite impressive.

Jeff Carlisle

ESPN soccer columnist

Local police forces use things like the World Cup, the Olympics, like their own private ATM, getting all the weaponry that they wouldn't be able to get during normal political times. We're definitely seeing that in Brazil.

Jules Boykoff

Associate professor, Pacific University

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