"Leave a kid to play football, and he will naturally want to attack, to score goals," says Ferenc Puskás, the Hungarian great who once scored 83 times in 84 games for his nation. "In my day we relied on natural talent, creativity and wit, but [these days] that gets coached out of many players."
It is a difficult journey, returning these players to youthful instinct. But the destination is worth the trip. When West Germany defeated Holland in the '90 World Cup, the first goal in a 2-1 victory was scored by Jürgen Klinsmann, on a cross by Guido Buchwald. Eight years later Wynalda can still see the moment on the video reel of his mind: "Buchwald gets the ball in the left wing, and he's never dribbled anybody in his life. But he dribbles the ball in the left wing and crosses it. You see Klinsmann, with his left foot, just put it in the far corner and...."
The goal was a thing of rare beauty, requiring a confluence of extraordinary events. But rarer still was the look on Klinsmann's face after scoring it. "He could be eight years old," Wynalda says of Klinsmann's expression. "It's pure joy. It's like, Oh, my god, it worked."