Klinsmann pleased with USA debut in Mexico draw

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann was satisfied with their 1-1 draw against Mexico for his first game in charge.
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USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann was satisfied with their 1-1 draw against Mexico for his first game in charge.

Robbie Rogers cancelled out a first-half strike from Oribe Peralta.

“I think we saw a real interesting game. I think we saw – especially in the second half – a very exciting game. It was an amazing learning process the players went through in just 90 minutes," aid Klinsmann.

"We gave them certain tasks before the game – to play out of the back, for example, which against a high-pressure Mexican side is not that easy. We obviously gave them all the tasks to join one-against-one battles and win their one-against-one situations. Slowly, we gave them the task to move step-by-step more forward and get more confident the longer they were in the game and put Mexico under pressure.

"That’s what we saw in the last half hour where I think the players felt more and more confident. All of their defensive tasks were kind of under control and they challenged that Mexican side, which as I said before the game is a very, very good team that we have a lot of respect for.

“I think now we can be very satisfied with that performance. There were a couple of very, very good individual performances. It’s great to see some young players stepping into this team and being guided by the experienced ones. Michael Orozco, [Edgar] Castillo, the way Kyle Beckerman played his No. 6 role in front of the back four was exceptional.

"The spirit and the energy from the experienced ones like Landon Donovan was fun to watch. It was really enjoyable to see how they then kind of expressed themselves. Robbie Rogers comes on and goes at [Carlos] Salcido like he plays in those big games always. This is what we want in this team. We want them to express themselves and have fun, and I think that’s what we saw.”

 
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