Usa Today Columnist: A’s Owner Calls Game 3 ‘the Biggest Win I’ve Ever Had’

USA books World Cup ticket after a long, arduous journey . When Jurgen Klinsmann took over the United States mens national team in the summer of 2011, he knew he needed to build up the sides depth. During his time in charge, hes made a rather elaborate show of shaking up an ossified hierarchy. Hes pushed his players to aspire to more in their club careers. And in so doing, he has created a real and intense competition at every position. Indeed, if you try putting together a 23-man squad for next summers World Cup from your armchair out of the pool of talent now available to Klinsmann, youll not only find it devoid of mere passengers — perhaps for the first time in the history of US Soccer — but youll be forced to leave out perfectly worthy players too. This is either an accomplishment you can credit to Klinsmanns account or a sign of growth of the sport here. Either way, the base on which the entire national team structure is built has grown larger and sturdier, to the benefit of all. “This is exactly what we have been talking about for the last two years,” Klinsmann told upon releasing his roster. “You want to have your established player that is number one in his position being challenged. You want to have him on his toes and know that the next guy is waiting. This is what we are working on. It keeps you hungry and motivated and focused.” Never have these newfound spoils been so pertinent. The USA wraps up its World Cup qualifying campaign with a home game in Kansas City against Jamaica ( live, Friday, 6:36 p.m. ET ) and a trip to Panama next week ( live, Tuesday, Oct.

The As, who were eliminated by the Tigers last season and in 2006, are now one victory away from reaching the American League Championship Series for the first time since 06, and five wins away from their first World Series appearance since 1990. This was the biggest win Ive ever had as an owner, Wolff told USA TODAY Sports. If we win the World Series, it would be the greatest thrill of my professional career. Nothing comes close. I cant even imagine that feeling. A World Series championship would not only validate the As brilliant front office, led by general manager Billy Beane, but perhaps even vindicate Wolff, suddenly embraced by a fan base for bringing glory back to Oakland. I dont like to predict, but hypothetically, it would be the thrill of my life, Wolff said, and it would be fantastic for baseball. Wolff, 78, may hate the prognostication business, and doesnt delve much into the stock market, but he still couldnt help himself making a bold prediction before the game. He was asked, plain and simple, if he liked the As chances if they can get the Series back to Oakland for Game 5. Im confident we dont have to go back to Oakland, Wolff said. I think were going to win it here. One down, one to go. If the As win it today, this time, Wolff at least plans to stay in the Comerica Park stands and celebrate with his daughter, Kari, before joining everyone else in a champagne celebration in the As visiting clubhouse. Itll be a stark contrast to their last victory at Oakland in Game 2, when Wolff watched the final inning, he said, with a prestigious group of people. Billy and his two twins, Wolff said.