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Seattle Sounders coach Schmid: US players will determined whether press is negative or positive

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid believes Juergen Klinsmann's USA team will decide themselves whether or not recent media stories about them will be negative or positive.

The Sporting News produced an article this week with quotes from unnamed players suggesting that they were baffled by the omission of former captain Carlos Bocanegra and a few other selection decisions as well as the team tactics and harmony.

There has since been a media storm surrounding the US team ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier with Costa Rica in Denver but Schmid feels the results, made by the US players, will show whether or not Klinsmann's selections will be vindicated or not.

"I've just heard about it," Schmid told the Seattle Times. "I haven't really read the article in detail, and you never know. When things don't go as you expect them to go, there is always going to be something out there. … I read what Herculez Gomez said, 'Maybe it's great that the media is getting that involved. It shows that soccer is growing and more important.' But on the same token, a team has got to deal with their issues inside the team.

"Whether this was positive or negative is really something now that the team will determine. They'll either turn it into a positive or they can make it a negative. And hopefully the team will turn it into a positive, because for the US to qualify is the most important thing."

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