The new U.S. manager started three players who feature in Mexico's top division against Mexico in Philadelphia.PHILADELPHIA – From the moment he was introduced as the head coach of the United States men’s national team, Jurgen Klinsmann has made no secret of his desire to incorporate more of a Latin style to the squad.
So it should be no surprise that the former Germany boss started three players who play in the top division of Mexico against El Tri in a friendly Wednesday night. Jose Torres, Edgar Castillo and Michael Orozco Fiscal all played important roles in the team’s 1-1 draw.
Torres believes that the league’s focus on technical ability and aggressive play is the reason that the coach is intrigued by it.
“I think he likes the fact, as we [the Mexican league players] showed in practice -- he wants possession of the ball and wants us to pressure when defending the ball," Torres explained.
Torres revealed that it is often a difficult decision for dual-national players as he feels most undergo outside pressure. In particular, he believes at times that it can appear as if the player is siding with one nation or another to his family when usually it's more of a professional decision.
"It's hard, you know," said Torres. "It's hard trying to pick one national team. You have one parent coming from Mexico and one from the USA. In the end of the day, they respect your decision."
With dual-national players such as Miguel Angel Ponyce still on the fence about their international futures, Klinsmann’s decision to feature the trio might entice other players who are on the fringe of playing for Mexico to consider the United States for career reasons. While Bob Bradley focused more on a defensive, physical style of play, Klinsmann’s preference for a technical style bodes well in attracting players.
Still, Torres doesn’t believe that the former Germany boss will only focus on recruiting Latino players on his roster. He says that the coach’s main focus in regards to personnel is club form, not ethnic backgrounds.
“We have to do good on our club teams so we can be called up,” said Torres.
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