The fans were happy. The players seemed pleased.
But how about the coach? Not so much.
Following the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 4-0 over Guatemala Friday in Nashville, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he was pleased with the result, but had issues with how the team got there.
“The performance? Not so nice,” Klinsmann said following the Match played before 44,835 at Nissan Stadium. “I’m not happy with that performance. I’m kind of disappointed with a couple of things: moving off the ball, speed of play, urgency. Things we talked about before were not executed the way we wanted them to be executed.”
According to a report on MLSSoccer.com, the head coach noted a lack of connection between forwards Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore.
But he was pleased with some portions of the game most notably, the play of Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson, John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin. Chandler scored a stunning goal just short of the 60-minute mark and Yedlin was a continual threat using his speed to exploit the Guatemalan defense.
The U.S men begin defense of their Gold Cup title Tuesday in Frisco, Texas, against Honduras.