U.S. team looking more and more German 

September, 28, 2011

The U.S. national team took on a decidedly Mexican flavor in the first three games of the Jurgen Klinsmann era, but his Yanks figure to look a lot more German in the coming months.

That's not simply a result of an injury that could sideline Jose Torres into early 2012, or because of unconvincing performances put in by Edgar Castillo and Michael Orozco Fiscal against Costa Rica last month.

The recent club form of Mexican leaguers DaMarcus Beasley and Herculez Gomez could see both veterans recalled for next month's home friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador, but it's becoming clear that the program's long-standing German influence is taking another leap forward under its new German coach.

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