USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann was left purring by the performances of his Germany-based players.
USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann was left purring by the performances of his Germany-based players.

Klinsmann delighted with Bundesliga pieces of USMNT puzzle

Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic has made quite the splash across the pond with the USMNT, but he is just one of four Bundesliga representatives being talked up by US national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann ahead of the Stars and Stripes' Copa America Centenario opener against Colombia on Friday.

Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks, Borussia Mönchengladbach wide man Fabian Johnson and Hamburger SV-bound striker Bobby Wood have all left their own mark in the run-up to the competition, which the US boss hopes will act as a springboard for a successful 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

'Christian is making a good impression'

"It's really important for us that we have a younger generation sending out signals that they badly want to be part of Russia 2018," Klinsmann told fans in a video question and answer session on his Facebook page. "Once these younger players - if it's now John Brooks, Christian Pulisic or Bobby Wood and so on - the faster they make that impression, the stronger they make that impression, the better it is for us coaches."

Brooks and Wood are both expected to figure prominently in the coming weeks, but what US supporters really wanted to know was where young Pulisic fits in after becoming the youngest goalscorer in the modern era of the USMNT in last weekend's 4-0 friendly win over Bolivia. Although the 17-year-old only has three senior caps to his name, many outsiders believe he has the maturity and quality to warrant a starting berth.

"It's very positive to see Christian coming through and making an impression and playing well on the field," Klinsmann explained. "It's a process. I think Christian is really making a good impression: he's doing well in training and let's see how that progress is continuing with us. We'll see - you have to be patient. Everyone wants to start."

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