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Klinsmann post-Gold Cup interview ... talks EJ

USSF100Sounders forward Eddie Johnson is expected back at training today, and I expect to have some quotes from him on the blog later today.

Meanwhile, there's a good post-Gold Cup interview with U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann at

Here is Q&A on Eddie Johnson: One of the players who has played his way into the picture in the last year has been Eddie Johnson, a guy that you brought in after the group stage. He made an impact as soon as he came in, but also you played him through the final. What did he do well and what do you like about him as a player?

JK: “With a lot of U.S. based players, it’s about consistency. We got Eddie into this group and suddenly he’s right on focus and he’s ready to deliver to the group. Not only scoring a goal, but to make those runs and hold the ball, to occupy the opponent’s defense and do a lot of work. He’s done a tremendous job. Similar to Kyle Beckerman, you wish had this player when he was 20 or 21 so you could say here is the international level and we’ll help you to get there. Eddie has a lot in his tank. He has four, five, six years at the highest level. What we expect now is for him to go to Seattle and improve there too. Be there for (Seattle head coach) Sigi (Schmid) and the Sounders and make things happen before you come back to the next world Cup Qualifiers with Costa Rica and Mexico. Become consistent, look after yourself, and look after your body. Just really focus and become that athlete that you can be.