I honestly think Klinsmann would've figured it out. He's a smart coach. He liked to expirement at times, but he would've figured it out.
Arena had a very telling quote after the game tonight. I'm not going to look it up word for word but something along the lines of "If we did qualify for the World Cup, we would've needed to make a lot of changes." He basically admitted he knew this squad wasn't the strongest, but he was afraid to change anything. Which to me is just mind blowing and inexcusable. He was scared. Arena is a joke and the USSF is a joke.
Anyway, back to Klinsmann...he was the perfect coach for the US. Somebody who thinks outside the box and wants to do something creative. US soccer is at this weird stage where they are almost good, but not quite. And they've been at this stage for about 15 years now. They need something different (like Klinsmann) to get them over the hump. Unfortunately, the USSF never accepted him because he spoke the truth about MLS and they got butthurt.
But anyway, I just feel bad for the players. They can't play this game forever, and 4 years is a long long time for an athlete. They deserve better leadership.
Post 27 year old players should be put out to pasture. There were only 5 of the 23 players on the last roster list that will be under 30 for Qatar. Might as well start in March (I don't see us playing any friendlies in the November window) with youth and go from there. I'm sure there will be a line of World Cup qualifying nations that would like to play a friendly or two with the US prior to Russia.
Klinsmann failed and he had to be canned, but he didn't deserve it. He came in and was critical about US Soccer and MLS. The USSF and MLS hated him, and were just waiting for him to slip up so they could get rid of him.
But the fact is he was doing well for the first few years. He beat multiple European teams and got out of the group of death. In 2014 he had the US playing better than ever and we were arguably top 10 in the world. But the toxic relationship with the USSF was never going to last, and that fault falls solely on the federation's shoulders.
The U-17s won 5 to 0 over Paraquay this morning over in the U17 World Cup in India. Move on to the quarterfinals where they play the winner of tomorrow's England/Japan game. QF game is on Oct 21st. Games are usually on FS1 or FS2.
This is what I'm hoping for. No need to make a quick decision. We do play Portugal on Nov 14th and it will be extremely interesting to see what the roster will look like. US soccer fandom on social media might explode if we guys like Zusi, Bedoya, Rimando, etc
I'm fine with bringing in guys like Howard, Bradley, and Dempsey but they need to be told that they won't be playing and are being called up to provide leadership and professionalism in the camp.
He only really dropped 3expected points. I don’t think he failed. He likely would have made the World Cup. He sure as hell wouldn’t have sat Geoff Cameron during the most important game of the year and watch Gonzales boot it into our net.
Real Madrid had never lost to an English team in the Champions League group stage...until today. Tottenham, as one of the announcers put it, "made the reigning champions look ordinary" in their 3-1 win at Wembley. Spurs advance to the knockout stage.