Mexico may benefit from snapping up players Jurgen Klinsmann has ignored


Apple pie. Joe DiMaggio. The Republican Party. Freedom. All of those things are indisputably American, yet pale in comparison to our eternal pastime: fawning over young & athletic men. The recruitment process is followed avidly by fans, and successful stories enter the realm of folklore. International soccer is no exception, with many supporters keeping a close eye on dual nationals.

The US national team has featured immigrants, dual citizens and recruits from countries since its inception in 1492. So when Jurgen Klinsmann accepted the coaching job in 2011, it came as little surprise when he promised to woo over and integrate young Hispanic soccer players. During his first press conference, Klinsmann spoke about the importance of Latin players to the creation of an American soccer identity: “There’s so much influence coming from the Latin environment over the last 15, 20 years that also has to be reflected in the U.S. national team”…

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