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Sunil Gulati responds to Don Garber's latest criticism of Jurgen Klinsmann

United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann weighs in on his squad's transition phase ahead of the 2015 Gold Cup.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has acknowledged that Jurgen Klinsmann could have been more diplomatic at times in regards to MLS.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati isn't happy with Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber's latest criticism of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the national team program, he told ESPNFC on Saturday in a phone interview.

Gulati, who hired Klinsmann to coach the U.S. in 2011 and appointed him as the federation's technical director two years later, spoke a day after Garber told the Associated Press Sports Editors that the league would continue to pursue top American players "regardless of what...

Garber: MLS to pursue USMNT stars despite Klinsmann objections

Major League Soccer will continue to be aggressive in signing USMNT stars like Jozy Altidore.

NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says the league will keep on pursuing the top American players, even if U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks they will improve more with European clubs.

Klinsmann said last year that U.S. captain Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley damaged their careers by returning to MLS rather than staying in Europe.

Speaking Friday to the Associated Press Sports Editors, Garber said the league will stay focused on its plan "regardless as to what...

Morris and Rodriguez star as U.S. U23s finish clinically vs. Mexico

One week after scoring for the senior U.S. team vs. Mexico, Jordan Morris netted vs. El Tri's U23s.

LOS ANGELES -- It was only a friendly, but another chapter was added to the long United States-Mexico rivalry as the Americans won 3-0 despite El Tri looking strong in the opening half.

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Here are five takeaways from the game.

1. Possession is overrated

In the first half, Mexico connected a number of pretty passes and overall looked like a better team but, technical niceties aside, didn't push too hard for a goal. Yes, Marco Bueno should have done better with the shot that he rang off the post but...

Brian McBride talks MLS, Jurgen Klinsmann, U.S. soccer's future

ESPN FC's Brian McBride, Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes preview NYCFC's match against the Chicago Fire.

On Tuesday, we caught up with Brian McBride, the former Columbus Crew, Everton, Fulham and Chicago Fire forward -- who represented the U.S. at three World Cups -- to get his take on all things American soccer. That conversation, edited for length and clarity, is below.

ESPNFC.com: What is the state of MLS right now?

Brian McBride: I think the league is strong. There was a big question about whether the collective bargaining agreement would get done, and it got done. The more I hear about it,...

U.S. prospects blog: Next steps for Jordan Morris, notes on U20s, more

United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann assesses Jordan Morris' precedent set for the younger generations of U.S. Soccer, while also heaping praise on the Stanford sophomore for his composure against Mexico.

The U.S. Under-23 squad that coach Andi Herzog has convened in Carson, Calif., ahead of Wednesday night's friendly match against Mexico will differ significantly from the one that tries to qualify for the Rio Olympics later this year.

Age-eligible senior teamers (and 2014 World Cup veterans) John Brooks, Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin are absent because of commitments to their European clubs. So too are a number of the country's most promising teenagers who are with Tab Ramos' U-20 squad preparing for FIFA's U-20 World Cup, which begins next month in New Zealand.

But one blue chipper whom Herzog will have at his disposal versus El Tri is man-of-the-moment Jordan Morris. The Stanford University sophomore has been the talk of American soccer over the last six days, ever since senior team coach Jurgen Klinsmann handed the 20-year-old a surprise start against Mexico's varsity (albeit a depleted version) and watched Morris score an emphatic goal -- the eventual game-winner -- early in the second half.

A week later, Morris gets another crack at the Yanks' chief rival. And while it will be in a much lower-profile setting than last week's Clasico, Herzog nonetheless believes it will be another valuable step in the youngster's development.

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