STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — While other World Cup coaches have pared down their 23-player rosters as they prepare for Brazil, Jurgen Klinsmann prefers to wait.
He has brought 30 U.S. hopefuls to Stanford for training camp to ensure he gets his selections just right before the team's June 8 departure to Sao Paulo. This is a change from 2006, when Klinsmann coached his native Germany and announced his roster 3½ weeks ahead of its opener.
Nobody is arguing with his methods, given Klinsmann's pedigree. He played for West Germany's winning team at the 1990 World Cup and Germany's winner at the 1996 European Championship, then coached his country to a third-place finish at home in the 2006 World Cup.