U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was forced to stop his team’s World Cup training session several times again today to remind his players that soccer rules prohibit handling the ball with the hands.
“Whoa! Hey! Stop that! Stop that!” Klinsmann yelled at defender Brad Evans, before whistling practice to a halt. “Guys, remember: you can’t pick up the ball and run with it and you can definitely throw the ball through the air to pass it. Right? Okay, keep going.”
But not five minutes later, Klinsmann whistled play dead again when forward Chris Wondolowski scooped up the ball, bowled over three other players and dove into the goal, spiking the ball and receiving high-fives from several teammates.
“Chris! No! Don’t do that!” Klinsmann chided. “I love your aggressiveness, I do. But what did you do wrong there?”
“Umm … I didn’t pass?” Wondolowski said.
“No. That’s not it. Your hands. You used your hands. You picked the ball up and ran with it. You can’t do that,” said Klinsmann.
“Oh, right,” said the player. “Sorry.”
“It’s okay,” said Klinsmann. “This is what practice is for. We’re here to learn.”
The coach says he’s still trying to institute a more European style into the team.
“We have a lot of talent and it’s impressive we have made it this far with a team full of players who are not all that familiar with the sport,” he said. “If I can get them to remember some of the basic rules, I think we could do some real damage in Brazil.”
Klinsmann then had to stop practice again to tell his team to stop playing kickball.
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