New USA national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann says he will closely watch MLS games in a bid to bring some players into his set-up.
Ahead of his first game in charge against Mexico on Wednesday, the German tactician insists that players from both the domestic league as well as those playing in Europe are capable of representing the US and will cast his eye over locals to gain more of an idea on who he may pick going forward.
“For me, it’s more about who has the quality to represent this country,” he said. “There’s a lot of quality coming through MLS so we will always consider MLS players. The stronger MLS becomes, the better it is for us.
“I’m not saying I prefer European-based players or MLS players. I want to make up my own mind after seeing them play.”
And Klinsmann also indicated that some US players competing in the Mexican leagues have a chance of making it into his squad.
“If you go down there, south of the border, and show you can actually compete with those guys, it shows you have character to fight your way through,” he added.