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Klinsmann pleased with Minnesota United's Ibarra

USA boss Juergen Klinsmann felt Miguel Ibarra performed admirably during his recent spell with the national team.

The 24-year old Minnesota United midfielder became the first player from the second division to be called up since 2005 when he was included in Klinsmann's roster for recent friendlies with Ecuador and Honduras.

Ibarra came on for the final few minutes of the 1-1 draw with Honduras last week but it was his attitude and willingness to learn in training that mostly impressed huis manager.

"We had the chance to bring in Miguel Ibarra from Minnesota United, and I think it was a very interesting 10 days for him. In the beginning he was a bit nervous, but he calmed down after two or three days and he was very consistent and very proactive in the way he participated in everything we did in training," the German told ussoccer.com.

"So when he was able to get on the field against Honduras, even just for a couple of minutes, we just gave him the message to play the way he's used to playing.

"He tried to fit right in, and I think this is very encouraging. It's a message to many players out there that no matter what path you decide to go on, there is always a chance to come to the National Team program and to learn.

"For Miguel it was a huge step forward. We told him to take this confidence back to his club team and keep growing. Going forward, I think he has a huge chance to come back into our program."

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