Landon Donovan says USA boss Juergen Klinsmann has already implemented his style on the entire squad.
The German tactician took over from Bob Bradley in late July and LA Galaxy star Donovan says he has had an immediate impact in the way he wants his players to play.
“[Klinsmann] encourages you to express yourself,” Donovan said. “For a lot of us, that’s what we’re good at. That’s what we’ve done well our whole life, taking chances and expressing ourselves.
“Literally in training, if the ball gets to someone he’s yelling, ‘Go, take him on’. If guys try something in the right part of the field and it doesn’t come off, he says, ‘It’s okay, do it again.’”
As for comparisons between Klinsmann and Bradley, Donovan did not say much but did indicate that perhaps the German has brought in a more accepted style.
“I don’t want to compare,” Donovan said. “Jurgen has his style and the way he does things, and that’s trickled down to us already.”