CARSON, Calif. – Jurgen Klinsmann hopes his U.S. team pulls a few upsets in the World Cup but doesn't see the Yanks as a favorite to win the tournament, unlike Germany.
The former Nationalmannschaft manager was asked to compare his current job with his old one and said there are a number of differences.
"I think it’s very different to coaching Germany obviously. For me, personally, it’s very exciting times because we’re trying to build something here for the future," he said at a news conference Friday. "We want to one day break into the top 10 in the world. We are not there yet, but Germany is.
"Germany is one of the top favorites to win the World Cup this summer. We are not one of those top favorites, even if we are very ambitious and we want to get in the knockout round and then really kind of anger some people there. No, it is really different, and it would be too long now to explain all the differences but I really enjoy this work."
Klinsmann won the World Cup for Germany as a player in 1990 and was speaking a day before his USA squad takes on Korea in a friendly. Korea is managed by Hong Myung-Bo, the country's all-time leader in appearances. He played in the country's 3-2 loss to Klinsmann and Germany in the 1994 World Cup.
While both managers know how difficult it can be to win on the international, one American veteran says the Stars and Stripes enter the tournament without fear.
"I’ve played in three of these and a lot of times the games that are quote easier on paper end up being harder and vice versa, so it’s the best 32 teams in the world to some extent you’re going to have hard games, and that’s just the way it goes," Donovan said Thursday. "So the mindset is that we’re going to have three difficult games against some very good teams, but there’s no reason why we can’t succeed."