US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann took questions from fans on Tuesday in a wide-ranging Facebook live chat and he offered his thoughts on everything from the national team to MLS to his own personal career.
Unsurprisingly, many of the questions centered around his expectations for this summer's blockbuster Copa América tournament and Klinsmann took an upbeat view of a tough group that pits the US against Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay.
“It's a little bit like the World Cup in 2014,” Klinsmann said after saying he believes the US can beat Colombia. “We know that it's a very difficult group we were drawn into, but you can beat any given team at any given moment. It will be very difficult but it is doable, so we'll definitely give it a go."
He later added: “I think this is a tournament where we can show a lot of people that we can do special things like we did in Brazil two years ago.”
Klinsmann is coming off the USA's dominant 4-0 win over Guatemala last week in World Cup qualifying, their last game until Copa América preparations begin. That win came after a stunning loss in the first leg of the series at Guatemala and Klinsmann admitted the two-game series showed both sides of what it's like being the national team coach.
"You have good moments like when you win your game and everybody's happy and you're enjoying it," Klinsmann said. "And when you lose a game like what happened with Guatemala, then you have to accept certain critics and that some fans are going off on you or are very critical. But it's just part of your job."
The US coach also shared his scouting reports from across the national team player pool, picking out Ethan Horvath as one of his “biggest hopes for the future” at the goalkeeper position.
Watch the full Q&A below:
Ready to take your questions!!Posted by Jürgen Klinsmann on Tuesday, April 5, 2016