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Seattle Sounders' Schmid calls for Klinsmann patience

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid believes it will take some time for USA national team boss Juergen Klinsmann to get desired results.

The German took over from Bob Bradley at the end of July and even though he had produced three losses in five outings, Schmid is confident the results with come if everybody involved is patient.

"It just takes time. When you're trying to build a team it takes time. You can't get too hung up on the early results," he told The Seattle Times.

"In my first year in Columbus, I don't think we lost a game in preseason, and then we didn't make the playoffs. The year we won the championship, we were barely .500 in preseason.

"To me, right now everything is a little bit of preseason and you don't get that steady time to work with people. The only way you can make evaluations on players is to stick them out there because sometimes a guy looks good in practice, but then in games they end up making errors."

The US team's most recent outing was a 1-0 loss to Ecuador at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night but Schmid feels that result cannot be looked into too much.

"You look at the goal they took - it's a defender's error there along the way," he added. "Eventually you have to make decisions on what you see, but I think you still have to give him time. You have to have patience with the whole thing and not get too excited, too early."

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Andrew Slevison
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