I don’t understand soccer, but I do understand heart, and the comments of United States men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann show he is lacking in that area.
“’We cannot win the World Cup because we are not at that level yet,” Klinsmann said, according to the New York Times. “For us, we have to play the game of our lives seven times to win the tournament.’”
Klinsmann should have a talk with Alabama coach Nick Saban, UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie or even San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich. These guys have heart and everything else you would ever want from your team leader – everything that Klinsmann lacks.
Please tell me, why does the U.S. soccer team even suit up if they think they can’t win?
We tend to make sports more complicated than they are, and soccer is one of the least complex games on the planet. You kick a ball around a grass field and try to score into the largest net in sports. Make some slide tackles, get into the opponents’ head, and score a couple goals to have a chance.
It is simple, and the United States can beat other teams because there are professional on the USMNT roster, too.
Klinsmann isn’t fielding a team of amateurs, and I don’t care if soccer isn’t as popular as the NFL, MLB or NBA.
These guys are professionals, their job is to play soccer, they have it made.
The USA needs some Richard Shermans or Patrick Reeds on the team … or even better, fire Klinsmann and hire Landon Donovan.
Landon thinks the team can win. Heck, I bet he will wear a jersey under his suit and tear the suit off like superman and score some goals on the pitch for the good old U. S. of A.
This is sports, so I’m hoping for a victory parade, and so should you.