December 07, 2006

Klinsmann changes his mind: Oh, great.

With news circulating that Klinsi has all but donned red, white, and blue, he has now withdrawn his name from further consideration.

posted by igottheblues to soccer at 03:09 PM - 17 comments

It sounds as if it is an issue of control. Klinsmann wanted more control than USSF were willing to give up. Carlos Queiroz comes to mind... we keep shooting ourselves in the foot and it's getting ridiculous.

posted by igottheblues at 03:20 PM on December 07, 2006

Is Jose Pekerman still available? One thing is for sure, Bob Bradley isn't the answer.

posted by trox at 03:52 PM on December 07, 2006

Looks like it's Bradley. Good MLS coach but barely a band-aid for the national team. Once again the USSF has managed to disappoint.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 05:31 PM on December 07, 2006

The USSF is a joke. They could have hired Klinsmann months ago, if not for his Adidas contract. The USSF is afraid of Nike. Who cares- get the best man available regardless of who he endorses. Can you imagine the Bulls getting rid of Michael Jordan in his prime because he endorses Gatorade, while the Bulls are sponsored by Powerade? Another reason that US soccer is a joke. I wish that it wasn't about the money and the politics, but the fact is that is the major influence. USSF cares more about money that getting results.

posted by urall cloolis at 05:42 PM on December 07, 2006

Yay Bob Badly!,...oops Bob Bradley. Just what the US MNT needs, more mediocrity.

posted by urall cloolis at 05:56 PM on December 07, 2006

Dispirited fans can voice their opinion to the USSF here.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 05:58 PM on December 07, 2006

Thanks for the link Texan.

posted by urall cloolis at 06:04 PM on December 07, 2006

urall is correct.The USSF is a joke. If I was to be the coach I'd recruit as many Hispanics to play as possible,as they are the only large group in America that takes the game seriously.

posted by sickleguy at 06:31 PM on December 07, 2006

This situation is a fucking disgrace. I can't believe they wouldn't offer Klinsi everything he wanted to get him. This program desperately needs to get to the next level, and the only way that's going to happen is to get a manager who has actually succeeded at the international level.

posted by psmealey at 05:47 AM on December 08, 2006

Maybe Klinsman dropped out of the running because everyone kept calling him Klinsi...

posted by JJ at 07:36 AM on December 08, 2006

Meanwhile... "ESPN and ABC will televise soccer's 2008 European Championship under an agreement announced Friday by the Union of European Football Associations. All 31 games will be televised in the United States: two by ABC and the rest by ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN Classic. The tournament will be played in Austria and Switzerland from June 7-29. ESPN also has U.S. Spanish-language rights for ESPN Deportes and pay television rights in Latin America. "

posted by billsaysthis at 01:58 PM on December 08, 2006

That's awesome news, bill. Signal that soccer is moving up in the US sports echelon (at least in terms of viewership and financial importance).

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:13 PM on December 08, 2006

Why is Bradley being called the INTERIM head coach? Are they still looking for someone else?

posted by Venicemenace at 04:41 PM on December 08, 2006

It's a strange thing, Venicemenace. It's hard to believe the USSF couldn't find a firm replacement in the last 5 months but with Bradley also being named the new U23 coach, I'm assuming the USSF is still in the hunt for a permanent replacement. The whole thing is just odd; why do we continue to need an U23 team at all?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:03 PM on December 08, 2006

Olympics, Tex, Olympics.

posted by owlhouse at 01:21 AM on December 09, 2006

Like I said, owlhouse...

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:12 PM on December 09, 2006

Yes, we're still looking for a permanent (sic) manager and Bradley accepted the post knowing this and that he is a candidate, though presumably with not too much chance. Maybe they need more time to negotiate with Peckerman? Or perhaps Dominic Kinnear wants to get the Dynamos off to a good start defending their MLS title since the next national team competitive match isn't until the Gold Cup on June 6.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:29 PM on December 09, 2006

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