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USA Awaits CONCACAF Decision On Whether Jurgen Klinsmann Will Be Allowed to Coach Gold Cup Final

CONCACAF officials will rule in the next 24-48 hours whether or not US Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be able to coach in Sunday’s Gold Cup Final.

Klinsmann was ejected during the USMNT’s semifinal win over Honduras on Wednesday night for being overly demonstrative while protesting a non-call on what Klinsmann believed was a foul on DaMarcus Beasley.

“It was just a reaction out of frustration,” Klinsmann said after the game. “One really, really bad [one] right before our third goal, and then came this foul on Beaz with two guys going into him from behind. And I just kind of overboiled it.

“Obviously you shouldn’t then throw the ball or hit it on the ground. I apologize for that reaction. It was not meant against the referee or anybody. It was just frustration, because you feel the health of your player in that moment.”

CONCACAF’s Disciplinary Committee will make a ruling on Klinsmann after reviewing the match report submitted by referee Wálter Quesada.

The U.S. team is in the Gold Cup final for the fifth consecutive time and is currently riding a 10-match winning streak. During their run to the finals, the team has gone 5-0-0 and scored 16 goals while allowing just three.

As for the team, they are hopeful that Klinsmann is on the sidelines – and not in a luxury box – for Sunday’s final.

“That would not be good for us. We’re very hopeful that that’s not the case,” Landon Donovan said. “It’s not automatic that he’s out for the final, so we’ll hope that (he’s not suspended). You never want to see a player or coach suspended for a final. Hopefully whoever reviews that takes that into consideration. I’m sure he’s remorseful for what he did. Sometimes that happens in a game. We’ve all made those decisions at times. Hopefully it doesn’t affect us.”

At this stage, the U.S. should be fine even without Klinsmann for Sunday’s game. But they are on a strong roll after moving to the top of their World Cup qualifying group in June and the team doesn’t need any distractions or bumps as they prepare for the final four-game stretch of qualifying matches starting on Sept. 6 against Costa Rica.

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  1. DaveM

    July 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, amazing how way off topic this has gone.

    I would say he should not be suspended. He has apologized and I would hope CONCACAF will review some of the actions of the referee and some of the challenges on bot sides he seemed to ignore.

    But CONCACAF wouldn’t shock me with issuing a suspension.

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    July 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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  3. Evan

    July 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    That referee was absolutely atrocious. If the game kept going for another 20 minutes there would have no doubt been a serious injury from all the dangerous tackles flying in.

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