This will be a tough day for
The sting of opportunity squandered, having maybe softened over the last few days, will rise and fester anew. And it’s going to take more than a little Benadryl to relieve the itch on this one.
Here’s a little something to chew on while you consider today’s matches and, also, where U.S. Soccer is going in the future. These are words of Jürgen Klinsmann, a bright mind of the game, and one that recognized immediately on Saturday that the
Klinsmann wasn’t necessarily talking about Bob Bradley here, as he discussed the
"What I mean is that they didn’t recover mentally and physically from that win," he said. "Suddenly Bill Clinton is coming by, Mick Jagger is in the stands, and all that takes you away in a World Cup. You can’t allow that. It’s about now and tomorrow, it’s not about what happened an hour ago. So once you win this tremendous game against
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Klinsmann recalled that something similar happened to
"Oh yes, we had these moments too, very emotional moments too, once we beat
"When I was reading the body language, when I was following first 10 minutes, they were not into the one-against-one battles.
Then Klinsmann said something that takes Bradley off the hook a little. He talked about U.S. Soccer’s dysfunctional developmental system, one that emphasizes club soccer and the chase for college scholarships over true professional development. Remember, this man knows soccer and he knows the
"This is the only country in the world that has the pyramid upside down. You pay for having your kid play soccer," he said. "Because your goal is not to have your kid become a professional soccer player, your goal is that your kid gets a scholarship in college, which is complete opposite rest of the world."
Oh, do go on, Klinsy …
"We all [came] out of moderate families and fought our way through … so we need to keep this hunger throughout out life. I compare it to basketball here, because I look at these guys and they are coming from inner cities. So we need to find ways to connect, however that could be, to connect with Hispanics, to connect with everybody in the soccer environment in the U.S., and to get kids who are really hungry, to get kids on technical level to perform, and what I mean is first touch
"The first touch yesterday was not there. There were far too many mistakes, and you can’t afford those mistakes in a World Cup."