File under “Never Take What Jurgen Klinsmann Says Seriously.” This is volume 3,492.
Rubio Rubin is leaving the U.S. men’s national team to join program’s U-20s for a friendly against England on Sunday, which makes total sense. Rubin is a super talented 19-year-old who figures to be the star of the American team at this summer’s U-20 World Cup. He’s a senior team player now, but not a key piece, and the coaching staff probably wants to make sure he’s also familiar with the youth team he’s expected to lead in just two months.
But here’s the catch:
Rubin was named to the senior team and even played 23 minutes in its Wednesday match against Denmark. That sure sounds a lot like a men’s national team eligible player. And now he’s with the U-20s, which Jurgen Klinsmann said wouldn’t happen to him or anyone else.
So what gives? As is usually the case with Klinsmann, we have no idea.
Klinsmann says things. Sometimes he probably means it, but as is usually the case with someone who won’t stop talking, a lot of what he says doesn’t come to be. It’s just words for the sake of words and rarely something you should take seriously.
Remember, this is a manager who has admitted to sometimes saying things just to spark a discussion. Is that someone who you’re going to hear speak and then take his words to the bank?
Realistically, it doesn’t matter much what Klinsmann says. It might piss you off as a fan, irritate you or leave you in the dark, but that’s pretty irrelevant. What matters is that the team wins and that it is in a better program when Klinsmann’s reign is over. Unless Klinsmann’s comments are bothering the team and affecting the players in a negative way, then he can say whatever he want. At this point, there’s no evidence that his talking has done anything to harm the team, so he can talk away.
Klinsmann could have a very good reason for having no plans of sending Rubin to the U-20s on Tuesday only to turn around and send him there on Friday. It’s entirely possible he was earnest in both instances and something in the situation changed, or even that he simply changed his mind. That would all be well and good. It doesn’t matter.
What does matter is this: don’t listen to what Klinsmann says. They’re just meaningless words, and you’re lucky if he means half of it.