Preston Zimmerman is an Idiot

Preston Zimmerman is a 23 year old American playing with 3rd division German club SV Darmstadt 98. He also hates that Jurgen Klinsmann has used dual nationals. Based on a few tweets he put up it seems that he believes only “real americans”desere to play for the USA. It’s really not even worth mentioning, but it got me all hyped up so I figured I’d post it.

“I thought it would be cool getting Klinsmann as US National team coach, but I think it’s actually worse than when Bradley was coach….

“Requirements to get on US National team under Klinsmann: Be a fake American, be born outside the US, have one US distant relative

“I see the team is calling in guys who are really germans who know they’ve got no chance of playing for germany so they’ll settle with the US

“Thats embarrassing when a good friend of mine says he met one of the guys @ the airport & he couldnt reply back in English as US Natl player

“I try my hardest not to tweet US soccer stuff but there are some stuff out there that drive me crazy

“Don’t mistake any of my tweets for jealousy, I never expect to be called in or involved with anything and it doesn’t hurt my feelings

“I would just like to see true, real Americans who would live and die for this country representing our country

“But when the olympic team holds mini-camps in Germany with all ‘european players’ then something is wrong

“The kids in college are just as good, if not better, than some of the kids from the reserve teams getting invited to camp

“But the college kids don’t speak German and they don’t have ties outside the US so they don’t qualify for the US under Klinsmann

“Am I the only one here who thinks this or are there others? People have to speak up when they don’t like what’s going on

“If Klinsmann was winning and very successful with his approach then my words would carry no weight, but I don’t see any success

“squeaking out 1-0 wins against CONCACAF villages isn’t success…..

“People can bash me for whatever reason, but I hate seeing my country’s national team being misused and disrespected

“I know plenty of guys who are in the MLS and know what it’s like to play for their country who deserve a look for the US team

“I hope the US team wins and dominates just as much as anybody else because it’s my country and I want my country to be #1 and dominate

“Don’t want anybody to take my tweets negatively or as criticism to make somebody look bad, I just have passion and interest in the US team”



Just to note a few things, Tim Howard is Hungarian, Bocanegra’s Mexican, Onyewu’s Nigerian, Spector’s German, Klejstan is Bosnian, Edu’s Nigerian,Jozy’s Haitian, Stu Holden is Scottish,Landon’s Canadian and the list goes on and on. Global soccer is all about dual nationals, and if anyone should be able to understand that it should be the USA. They had these same arguments in Europe years ago and it was nothing but pure racism. We don’t need to go down that path.

Hating Giusseppi Rossi because he is arguably the best American player ever, and would fill is different from hating all dual-nationals.

Complaining about Neven Subotoc because he left the USa over a somewhat petty fight with Thomas Rongen is different.

Calling a military father a distant relative is a moronic stretch.And saying that only those willing to fight and die for the USA should be able to play really sounds pretty dumb when you recognize the military lineage.

Most importantly though, here’s a quote from Danny Williams on Think about it the next time anyone tries to say who is and isn’t an American. Their all citizens, they’re all eligible. Have you watched U.S. National Team games in the past?

DW: “Not many because they don’t show that many games in Germany, but I always watch in the World Cup. I will never forget the game against Germany in the 2002 World Cup in the quarterfinal. This was the time that I started loving the USA. I watched the game, and normally I would support Germany. After the U.S. lost that match, I started crying. My dad asked what was going on. I didn’t know what to say, but I wanted the U.S. to win.”

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11 responses to “Preston Zimmerman is an Idiot

  1. Benjamin Hester January 2, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Preston Zimmerman is an idiot…but…

    …there has been an undue preference shown to Bundesliga players under Klinsmann. There are superior players in the affected positions elsewhere, most notably in MLS. That’s where I’ll stop, and where Zimmerman should have stopped.

    • bpmangan January 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

      I would disagree with you a bit, the majority of young MLS talent got called into that december camp and a few german names were there too. Maybe I haven’t been following close enough, but who would you rather have seen from MLS in that camp?

      At the same time, if he stopped where you did I wouldn’t have been as bothered by it.

  2. Lilienwurst January 21, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Some things to my person…born in Germany,Darmstadt, married with an American, since Oct 2011 living in Michigan and raised up with football ( you call it soccer )
    We have done the same mistake,, and yes it is a mistake.
    In the late 90´s we were not playing that well, and for whatever reason we gave players, who were playing in our Bundesliga and not playing for their country, the german citizenship to make them play for the national team. ( e.g. Paulo Rink & Sean Dundee )
    Biggest problem and therefor a huge disadvantage is the fact that they can not communicate with others. Neither with the coach nor the players on the field.
    And of course they don´t play with the heart someone would, who was born raised in that country.
    So Zimmerman maybe doesn´t say it in a political correct way, but I understand him and I agree.
    I can assure you that these players don´t want to play for the USA, they wanna play international to have a chance to play in the world-championships.( the biggest sport-event with the Olympic summer-games ) Thats the main target for everyone, who wants to play football. And playing in general for a national-team without speaking AT LEAST their language is pathetic.

    I´m sorry for any mistakes in this text due to I´m not a native English speaker.

    • bpmangan January 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Nice to see our first European comment, but that any problems caused by a language barrier are a little overstated. I grew up playing football, and when iw as in highschool played in the park with a group of Spanish players. I didn’t know Spanish then, and still know very very little now, but it only took a few weeks to understand what was going on on the field. If this was such a big issue you’d rarely see players having success for clubs where most other players don’t speak their native language. It is an issue, and it would be optimal if all of our players could speak in a language that our fans could understand (although that would probably require knowing more than one language) but its not really a significant problem in practice.

      I definitely think some players may just want to play in these games, but honestly if they are American citizens then who are we to judge whether they are “American enough.” Because of the way these things often get phrased in America and the fact that dual nationals like Stuart Holden (who grew up in Scotland), Teal Bunbury (who played for Canadian youth teams) and others don’t get these kinds of questions, it always feels like something else is the reason for the anger. Bunbury and Holden both came to the US at ten, and speak fluent English, but it always feels very xenophobic to read things like this. Especially in reference to a country that, with our history of immigration, is supposedly so proud of being a “mixing pot” of cultures.

      • Fernando Sanchez February 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        This xenophobic comment does not fit into this discussion ….We are up to prove that we can develop world class FOOTBALL PLAYERS other wise why play…..It OUR 2 MILLION DOLLAR COACH CAN’T LETS GET ONE THAT CAN…….Dominick Kinnear have accomplish that with a SHOE STRING BUDGET that is the kind of COACH WE NEED….Not COACH WANNABEES

    • Fernando Sanchez February 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      POLITIALLY CORRECT….? People this is WORLD FOOTBALL…What ya all think that the ARGENTINIAN MEDIA SAID ABOUT MARADONA WHEN HE FAIL….? They told him TO HIT THE ROAD WITH HIS BULL…..And Diego is almost a God in Argentina…..We need to snap out of this PEACHY SOCCER DREAM to the hard reality of this kind of endeavors ….Enough is Enough….

  3. Fernando Sanchez January 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    People I do not agree with ya all opinion….Preston have a point and is the first person with balls to express his opinion…….Our soccer media is made of azzkissers of the federation and nobody have the guts to criticize our mediocre Directors….Not only on USSF BUT ON MLS AS WELL…….So far Jurgen have been a disappointment just like the below average player he is bringing from Germany…….

    • bpmangan January 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      For starters, Preston’s far from the first person to express this opinion. It’s one that’s been not only ongoing, but a key point, at least since France won the World Cup relying heavily on players from former colonies. Its not in anyway new, and those arguments that have come before on the same topic have been more than a little xenophobic.

      I won’t disagree that our soccer media isn’t the best. They’re really not very good, but the heads of MLS have done a lot right. They’ve done it slowly which some see as a flaw, but they knew what happened when the NASL did it all too fast.

      Some people say Jurgen hasn’t been a particularly good coach, but anyone who can be sure of that after seeing a smattering of friendlys must have a crystal ball. The sample size is absurdly small and without any real gravity as all Jurgen has done so far is friendlys. Maybe after WCQ we can start discussing how he’s done. From an eyeball test he hasn’t been a drop worse than Bob was.

      Also if people are going to keep making these kinds of claims, I’d like to hear suggestions for who you would replace and with who. Would you replace Danny Williams with a better right wing playing in MLS? Couldn’t you argue that he tried an MLS player there and Robbie Rogers was an utter failure. How about Kyle Beckerman outplaying, and therefore outstarting Jermaine Jones.

      Klinsmann may be calling more “foreign nationals” players from Germany than we’re used to, but that doesn’t mean they’re taking spots from more qualified “real Americans.”

      • Fernando Sanchez February 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        This is world FOOTBALL and excuses will take us to a failure ….Jurgen need to watch what he is doing because so far he have not produce any evidence that he is any better than BOB BRADLEY…..Period….Why you mention Robbie and Beckerman are those player the best midfielder on MLS …..? The evidence is there, we can’t be KEYBOARD ASSUMING THAT THIS PLAYER IS GOOD OR BAD to find the best player JURGEN NEED TO STICK TO HIS GUNS….If a player suck AFTER 3 GAMES ….just send him home to EAT SAUERKRAUT ….

        • bpmangan February 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

          He hasn’t produced anything yet cause he’s only been coaching for under six months. He’s played as many games with a b team as with an a team. He’s never had Duece and Landon on the field at the same time. Is it really already time to call him terrible? He hasn’t proved to be better than Bob Bradley, but he also hasn’t proved to be worse. We knew when he came in that he would be making substantial formation changes, from the empty bucket to a 433. That change in itself will take a few games to adjust.

          My biggest issue with this argument is that noi one ever names MLS players who should get a shot over the Germans who are supposedly stealing their spots. If Beckerman and Rogers aren’t two of the best Americans at their positions playing in MLS, who is? Who would you rather see than Danny Williams or Alfredo Morales? Geoff Cameron willl probably get called into the next friendly. He’s one of very few MLS players I think we’re missing out on. George John has been called in and has skipped out for various reasons. Who would you take out and who would you put in?

          Also which players have sucked for 3 games and not been sent home? I saw Castillo, Rogers and Fiscal all suck and then got sent home. Williams hasn’t played nearly as badly as those three and hasn’t played three games yet.

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