An interview with Jurgen Klinsmann 

May, 23, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. -- On Tuesday evening, four days before the U.S. plays Scotland in its first of five games this spring, coach Jurgen Klinsmann sat down with the blog and dished on a number of topics in an insightful and wide-ranging interview. Here are some of the highlights (edited for clarity):

On Landon Donovan's return to the U.S. squad

"We had a good meeting after the Italy game. I said, 'We need you.' Whatever happened, I'm not the kind of person who digs into the past about little things. I said, 'Landon, this group is starting to build a special kind of chemistry. Don't miss out.' There's a really good vibe now -- the attitude in training is tremendous. Does he know everybody? Absolutely. But it's a new cycle, and obviously it's a completely different coaching staff. We do things differently. He needs to find his spot in that new environment. And he's cool with that. We're excited to have him. We can't wait to throw him out there and build that kind of fine-tuning element we need to."

On Joe Corona, the lone newcomer with the senior team

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.

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