Watch out for improving U.S. team, says Germany coach Loew

Tue Jun 9, 2015 1:22pm EDT
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By Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States have improved all aspects of their game in the last few years and have become a force to be reckoned with, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Tuesday at a news conference with U.S. counterpart Juergen Klinsmann.

Loew, whose side face the U.S. in a friendly on Wednesday, said he was impressed with the courage and mental strength that Klinsmann's side showed in their come-from-behind win against the Netherlands on Friday as well as their tactical play.

He also warned that the U.S. team might be hungrier and in a more competitive frame of mind ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup next month than his holiday-bound squad.

"I was really impressed with the pace, the intensity and the character of the U.S. team," Loew said of the Americans' 4-3 friendly win in Amsterdam on Friday.

"They played an incredibly good match. When you look back at the developments over the last three or four years you can see a lot has happened. The U.S. team have advanced tremendously. They played at an enormously high level against the Netherlands."

Wednesday's match in Cologne will be Germany's third clash against Klinsmann's team in the last three years.

The United States beat Germany 4-3 in a friendly in 2013, while Germany won their World Cup group match 1-0 last year en route to winning the tournament in Brazil.

Loew was Klinsmann's assistant as Germany coach from 2004 and took over after Klinsmann stepped aside.   Continued...

U.S. national soccer team coach Juergen Klinsmann (L) directs a training session ahead of their 2014 World Cup round of 16 match against Belgium in Salvador, June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci