There has always been a measure of carefully attuned bluster to Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team approach on a personnel level. As though he was conducting a symphony no one but himself could hear.
He has deployed Michael Bradley in advanced roles because reasons, and he has used Alejandro Bedoya as a defensive midfielder because other reasons, and he has played Jermaine Jones as a center back because reasons you could not fathom, peasant.
Klinsmann isn’t a tinkerer in the sense that all national team coaches are tinkerers. Bob Bradley and Bruce Arena hardly rotated their starting lineups less, which is a product of national team call-ins and matchup scenarios and everything else. National team coaches move in players like moveable parts in an attuned assembly line, the gears clacking into place one after the other.
That was never Klinsmann’s issue, more or less. Everyone tries new pieces to a degree. The problem was re-configuring the entire assembly line between call-ins. So when the old gears rotated back into use, the machine was producing different products and the gear teeth didn’t align. Nothing really ran, except in fitful, rasping gasps.