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  1. Santiago 1314

    October 14, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    JK can Stay, if he gets a USA Passport

  2. Denuse Vail

    October 13, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I don’t think any team could have beaten Mexico , Saturday they were that good. Old age has caught up with the USMNT and now only time, new faces and hard work will capture our hearts yet time is something American Soccer is running fan is running out of.

  3. Denuse Vail

    October 13, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I don’t think any team could have beaten Mexico , Saturday they were that good. Old age has caught up with the USMNT and now only time, new faces and hard work will capture our hearts yet time is something American Soccer is running out of.

  4. the observer

    October 13, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Q: Do you believe MLS is a fraudulent competition? Score 1 for yes, 2 for no.
    Q: Do you believe the US pay-for-play youth setup is a joke? Score 1 for yes, 2 for no.
    Q: Do you believe the Federation, vis. the NCAA, is a joke? Score 1 for yes, 2 for no.
    Q: Do you believe the US functions outside the International Soccer Economy? Score 1 for yes, 2 for no.

    A score of 6, 7, or 8 disqualifies your opinion on anything to do with US Soccer, the Federation, the US National Team, MLS, and soccer in the US in general.

    A score of 4 or 5 qualifies you to participate in the discussion. Carry on.

  5. Platini Michel

    October 13, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Jk must go now!

  6. Chips

    October 13, 2015 at 11:26 am

    First of all, I think the US is just about where it should be. Are men’s soccer program is just average and will continue to be for a few more years. Are senior squad has been our senior squad for years. Bradely, Jozy, Gonzo, Belsler, Howard, Guzan, Demps, I could go on but these players potential has been maxed out. We are average cause they are average. We have to look forward to the youth which I believe is improving greatly. Jurgen, despite his recent failures, has been able to capture talent from other countries which has never happened before. Players like Brooks, Green, and Zelalem are playing for the US because of him. Them along with Hyndman, Miazga, Morris, and other youth we have excite me about the future of men’s US soccer. We will get there I promise you that we will get there but in time. Until the next generation is ready, we are going to continue this trend of average soccer no matter who is at the helm. All I know is our youth does look better than before despite the failures of the Under 23 team. I know players like Brooks, Yedlin, Avarado, green, and woods were left out of the team but I also wonder if the club wouldn’t release them for the whole qualifying period… With the exception of green, they are all starting for there club teams. As for the US-MEX, I was disappointed to see the US line up so defensively and play counter attacking soccer. Something Jurgen moved away from when he became coach. Why the step backward, idk. All I know is the youth systems are better under Jurgen and we are attracting more talent from players who could play for other countries and from right here at home in the states with youth picking soccer over other sports. No matter what happens in the future with Jurgen, he will have played a vital part in the future success of the men’s program. And I do believe that we will be successful in the future. I believe that we will win, eventually. For now, I’ll deal with the average team.

    • Chips

      October 13, 2015 at 11:35 am

      O and Donovan is a little B***H!!! Be a positive influence for US soccer or get the F**k out of this great country!!!

  7. Tom

    October 13, 2015 at 11:21 am

    For those that say it is not Klinsmann it is the talent pool I disagree. We had just as good if not better results with a much smaller talent pool. Arena successfully used MLS players when the leauge had way less talent.

    The problem is Klinsmann is neither a great motivator or a great X’s and O’s guy. He can see talent but has no idea how to get the pieces to gel together. He is also unable to put aside his own personal biases to get to a greater end.

    In short Klinsmann is not a great soccer mind. He may love the sport, he may love America, but he just is not a good National team coach or a good director.

    What we really need is a great soccer mind that can install a solid foundation. Someone that can put aside petty prejudice and make all the players better. Make the entire program better not just the pieces he likes.

  8. Domenick

    October 13, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I just don’t get why klinsmann is playing the veterans. These guys peaked at the World Cup and have nothing left to play for on the national level. Bring in the younger guys let them play together, develop chemistry and improve as a group.

  9. Douglas

    October 13, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Danny Williams! Why hasn’t he seen more minutes? 2 goals in championship so far, one last week against middlesboro, and helping push Reading in the top 3. Goal against Brazil, Goal in FA Cup, etc..Point is, looking at midfielder options, at least Williams is doing something…in a league overseas that in my mind is much better than MLS (and more fun to watch when you can catch it on Bein). Plus he’s plays with fire…not some lazy slob like Jozy. Mix is the worst. Jones is over the hill. More Danny!

  10. Jimmy

    October 13, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Remember when JK brought on Wondolowski for a goal against Belgium? I do. Funny how that turned out…

  11. VicBklyn

    October 12, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    We are not good enough or even as good as Europe. Great clubs measure coaches on development. Most of us Americans don’t even realize international football has managers who sit the whole game quietly managing the game. Mexico after their last failures made an unusual decision to send more players to Europe while our players ran home to a lower MLS for more money. MLS teams aren’t beating in season European teams. My 6 year old son’s rec. Coach screams aggressiveness and positioning. I just watch because my son still does not know what he wants to play and i don’t mind. He watches games with me of all sports. Our culture needs to change and sensitive people in US soccer like #Lalas#Donovan feelings are being hurt. We give people like Donovan a platform knowing he is a scorned ex. He retired, loss his passion, but came back because he felt, he was entitled to go to another World Cup. In no other country will a player feel that entitled and get that much support, his mother would correct him

    • Tim

      October 13, 2015 at 8:42 am

      This was just a ramble and made no sense…This has everything to do with Klinsi and Gulati and no leagues.

  12. Joe

    October 12, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    This really holds no weight at all but…There are around 10 people who come over from Germany within my company. When JK was hired i was explaining to them how i was excited and they all laughed at me basically saying how all of Germany thought he was a joke of a coach. I disregarded their ignorance but it looks like they knew all along. What did he really do? He failed at Bayern. Brought Germany to third place in the 06 world cup(any jackwagon commenting soccer expertise on this site could do that). I am just not seeing where he ever had the credentials to be a head coach. The fact the people think he is going to “reform” US soccer is not only laughable but makes you look crazy. What a mess.

  13. beatrizpaladin

    October 12, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    JK should take a look at Jill Ellis’ playbook

  14. dr.k

    October 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    To bemoan the fact that USA players could have better technique is a waste of time. A good coach (not JK ) must evaluate what he has, strengths and weaknessses at that moment, and adapt his tactics to give the players the sense that they can achieve something. The shocking thing about Klinsman is that he NEVER takes responsibility, he always in an offhanded way blames the players, the ref , the youth system etc. He did not want Donovan because Donovan could not be controlled, he was the only threat. The Germans would keep their mouths shut, The remaining Americans have no force of personality to lead or make a stand. So where we had some guts and toughness, we now play afraid of the coach ,afraid to end up like Donovan. This will not change. JK is a master manipulator and politician. He has Gulati and the Press bamboozled.

  15. Smokey Bacon

    October 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    In my nearly 20 years of watching the USMNT, the most impressive thing about them was the togetherness, spirit and never say die attitude in every game, regardless of their ability or that of the opposition. It made a nice change from watching England. Apart from the 98 World Cup it’s always been there until Klinsmann took over. The team now reflects his leadership – no passion, confused and lacking any source of direction. The constant tinkering, the alienation of key players has taken its toll. It’s been five years and not one sign of progress. Klinsmanns vision must be that of a desert with no end in sight. The players might not be the best but a different and less arrogant coach might at least instil some self belief that is so obviously lacking. We’re on a road to nowhere under the current regime.

  16. Te Mack

    October 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Klinnsman main problem is his divisiness. His lack of repect for players undermines both the team’s and fan’s support. Wrt Dempsey hes old now. Mls isnt the issue he was never going to remain productive in the epl with his physique at his age.

    The issue is more the inconsistency and frankly lack of emotional self control of Bradley. He chases until he drops and then becomes a non factor for weeks. And Beckerman’s lack of emotional maturity was also apparent in that asine caution.

    The lack of dicipline comes about from a lack of trust betweeen players and manager, both in terms of mutual respect tactics player selewction amd over training The players arent playing for the shirt their playing for the media circus that results in a payday.

    Its also apparent klinnsman doesnt watch club teams to scout his own players. Evans has been a shell of himself since thew gold cup in terms of lewague play this year. Johnson doesnt play back anymore so ive heard. One clumsy sub for another playing for a tie and bringing in nick rimamdo for kicks is indicative of much this guy has lost the plot.

    He and sunil should hold hands and sail off into thew sunset together. Today.

  17. Tony

    October 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Fundamentally the US doesn’t have the players that can hold possession, make good passes and attack good competition on a consistent basis. This was a problem under Bradley. Klinnsman was supposed to fix it but has failed so far. In fact we seem to have fewer of these players now than we did years ago. I’m not sure who is to blame for that. I think it is a combination of

    1) The few players that can compete in Europe not seeking out adequate opportunities or getting the proper looks. Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey should be playing in Europe right now.
    2) MLS not being popular enough in the US to draw a broader set of young players into the game. Its painful to see so many football and baskebtall stars say “I played soccer growing up, but…”
    3) Klinnsman’s over-reliance on foreign born players (we need these players, but they are more stop gaps than anything else)

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