Jul 5, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann prior to the game against Guatemala at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

USMNT’s Jurgen Klinsmann has no heart


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.

Tags: 2014 World Cup Jurgen Klinsmann Landon Donovan Patrick Reed USA Soccer USMNT

  • http://www.fantasyowl.com/ Stavros Marinos

    The football (soccer) knowledgeability of the author of this post, is an emphatic proof of how little integrated football is in the USA culture.

    Cilches and generalizations like “the United States can beat other teams because there are professional on the USMNT roster”, “it’s their job, they have it made” are completely out of touch with reality. The phrase “soccer is one of the least complex games on the planet” is unimaginably shallow and I feel it is as pointless to argue with it as explaining to a child about quantum physics.

    This is not a comment of personal attack in anyway. I am actually startled about how a popular website as this, is capable of such superficial posting. Then again, I completely understand how new the sport is in the USA and it’s still low in popularity (maybe 4th-5th?).

    Given that it’s difficult for US citizens to think out of the “America F**K YEAH” culture, Klinsmann showed a very mature and professional approach with his statements that may actually help and ground the players, instead of have them thinking that they are equals to legendary teams with centuries of football awareness and history.

    To put it in a more simple way, the USA team is like the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. If the World Cup was comprised by the best teams in the world, they wouldn’t be in it. They qualified in the World Cup because their “conference” is weak and they should have no ambitions apart from gaining experience and showing passion and effort.

  • turnercr

    You sir are an idiot. If you worked for me, you’d be gone immediately after writing this nonsense. Soccer is one of the least complex games on the planet? Clearly you’ve never watched it, and as you said yourself “I don’t understand soccer” Well you don’t understand it how can you say its not complex? The amount of formations and styles of play would blow your pea-sized brain if you ever did some real journalism and understood a topic before you wrote on it. And fansided shows again why we can’t take it seriously

    • Bernie D’Amato

      Hey Guys, I really do appreciate the comments. The eighth seed in the
      Eastern Conference is a great analogy, and helps me understand what the
      U.S. is up against. However, I will not back down from my comments about
      the complexity of soccer. Sports in general are not complex, “and soccer is one of the least complex games on the planet.”

      This is my opinion. I believe anyone can kick a soccer ball, but watch someone try to hit a baseball or shoot a basketball. I understand that no one else can do what Messi and Ronaldo do, but the same holds true for Miguel Cabrera and Ray Allen. When you add the difficulty of the sport, that is where my comments come from. Do you really think soccer is more complex than baseball or basketball or football?

      • turnercr

        I wouldn’t say its more complex than basketball, but I’d say its just as complex. Positions in soccer mean much more than they do in hoops. As for baseball, it is a sport that involves tremendous amounts of skill, as hitting a Justin Masterson Sinker is ridiculously hard. But complex? No. Managers convince us of complexity with their righty lefty BS but its simpler than they make it out to be. Yes righty lefty matchups do make a difference but they oversell them. You never saw Mariano Rivera come out for a favorable matchup. As for football, it can be more complex or more simple depending on the scheme. Read option is much simpler than other offenses. All major sports are complex in my opinion. Soccer is simple at 12 years old. But when you start to get into different formations, and rotations and tactics/playing styles. The complexities are enough that even fans of the game for 20 years can’t decide. Its why you see fans of certain teams arguing about how their team should play. Its also why you see some managers play a 4-4-2 and some play a 4-2-2-2 or a 5-3-2 and so on and so forth for as many formations as you can name. Not to mention one managers 4-4-2 is 100 times different than anothers. I just don’t think as a journalist its ever fair to say “I don’t understand this” but go on to give an opinion. How can you write an article on something you admit you don’t get? You say its your opinion, but what is your opinion based on if you don’t understand it. Lastly, I love your Ray Allen and Miggy references. They are very accurate, there are amazing players in any sport that can’t be replicated ever. LeBron, MJ, Ty Cobb, Miggy, Jim Brown, Peyton Manning, as well as Pele or C. Ronaldo