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Ahead of the international break, United States national team (USMNT) coach Jürgen Klinsmann has sung the Bundesliga's praises for providing him with so many talented players for him to choose from.
Christian Pulisic is the latest player to take the US by storm, with the Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder becoming the youngest USMNT goalscorer, the youngest to score in a World Cup qualifier, and the youngest to score two in one game.
He is part of a legion of Bundesliga stars at Klinsmann's disposal, including Hamburger SV's Bobby Wood, Borussia Mönchengladbach's Fabian Johnson, John-Anthony Brooks of Hertha Berlin and SC Freiburg's Caleb Stanko. Unsurprisingly, his native Germany is one of the first places Klinsmann looks when drawing up his squad selections.
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"There is still a big presence of Americans in Germany, so that presence helped produce a lot of German-American kids over the last decade," he said during a Facebook Live session. "And they come through the soccer system in Germany and turn into very good players.
"We have the pleasure of seeing those players break through in that system and then we keep an eye on them as they have the choice to play for Germany or the United States. We're happy that a lot of them decided to play for the US and they have helped raise the bar in our environment."
"Johannsson is in our picture but he has been suspended two weeks and missed the game they won, so he is a bit behind and it is now important for him to reclaim his starting place at Werder," Klinsmann said. "He needs to work hard in training but we're thrilled that he's fit – he is looking fast and sharp, and hopefully he will get stronger and stronger."
That is a trend Klinsmann has noted in all his Bundesliga-based players, with Made in Germany standing for quality also when it comes to the USMNT.