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ASN Morning Read: The Issue with 'This Generation'

United States national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has some choice words for the American cohort; two young stars shine in the Europa League; Y.S.A. gets a spot in The New York Times.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
September 20, 2013
8:48 AM
  • Jurgen Klinsmann gave German newspaper FAZ an extremely enlightening interview. Some choice quotes (via Google Translate):

    “Sometimes you have to do without certain players. I have got a few players on my team, I can’t really do without because they have so much quality. But I have told them: ‘Stay at home’, and they replied: ‘What’s happening here? I am such-and-such and play here and there’, and I just told them: ‘And? I want to get further at the World Cup than last time. And if you don’t get that, then just go on holiday’.”

    “It's much, much harder for this generation. Their environment tells them too early, they did it. Then you have to ask as a coach, ‘What have you done? What?’ But it's hard to get through because when you get seven-figure sums on Twitter and Facebook has millions of friends and followers and give you your immediate environment that you're the greatest.”

  • In Europa League action, Aron Johansson started and went the full 90 in AZ’s 1-0 win over Maccabi Haifa. Terrence Boyd came off the bench and played the final 27 minutes of Rapid Vienna’s 1-0 loss to Swiss team FC Thun.

  • The “Y.S.A.” chant got the full New York Times treatment as MLS teams try to discourage fans from using it. “I don’t want it to become a sterile place,” Red Bulls GM Jerome de Bontin said of his stadium. “When you’re into sports and competition, you want to be intense. That’s fine. That’s part of the experience. What I don’t want is organized profanity. That’s the undertaking here.”

  • Manchester United is getting set to tap into the lucrative American market, with an office opening in New York soon. “The U.S. market is under-penetrated,” executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said. “It is a very big media market, the most developed sports market in the world. It is moving away from being a niche sport and into the territory of competing with some of the top sports in the country.”

  • On September 28, Chivas USA midfielder Bryan De La Fuente will shave his head during a fundraiser for childhood cancer research. Donate here.

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