Loew impressed by USA
By Football News
Germany coach Joachim Loew says he was not caught out by an impressive United States, despite overseeing a 4-3 friendly defeat on Sunday.
Loew named something of an experimental line-up for the international run-out at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, where goals from Jozy Altidore's strike, a Marc ter Stegen own-goal and Clint Dempsey's second-half brace sealed the win for the home team.
"I was not surprised at the quality of the US team at all," Loew said.
"After all, they are immersed in highly competitive matches, especially with the three World Cup qualifiers coming up. So I knew they would be coming out highly motivated."
"In regards to individual players, I think Altidore and Dempsey really stood out, not in vain, because they've made a name for themselves in the Netherlands and the Premier League respectively," he said.
AZ Alkmaar forward Altidore provided both goals for Dempsey, and the visitors proved unable to recover, despite Heiko Westermann, Miroslav Klose and Julian Draxler all scoring after the break.
Loew felt the US had a point to prove after suffering a 4-2 defeat at home to Belgium last week.
"Generally, I think the US team came out and approached the game with passion and commitment," he said.
"The match against Belgium was just too embarrassing for them, so they really had to make up (for it)."
US coach Juergen Klinsmann hailed Tottenham forward Dempsey as one of the best players in his country's national team history.
"Is he highly talented? Does he have all the tools that you need to have to play at the highest level? Yes," Klinsmann said.
"But what is far more important, he has the drive. He has the hunger. He's not satisfied. He's not satisfied today with scoring two goals against Germany, because he will only be maybe a little bit more satisfied if he scores in Jamaica. He always looks for the next game. It is just in his own being, having that inner drive.
"Having a player like Clint Dempsey is a privilege, and if I look back, I think this is one of the best players in US history."
The US visit Jamaica in the World Cup qualifying on Friday, followed by games at home to Panama and Honduras later this month.