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So here’s the presumptive next US coach Jurgen Klinsmann spouting about 700 different cliches when asked what American soccer needs to do to improve. It’s nothing but platitudes and generalities, on top of the lovely European anti-middle class attitude that Soccernomics rips apart.
He’s right that too much of American soccer is pay-to-play. I grant him that point unreservedly. But much of what he says is already getting done and believe it or not, it’s being done by MLS. Look at the what the academies have already uncovered in just the short time they’ve been in existence. Look at Andy Najar, for example. Look at Jorge Flores at Chivas. They are working with the immigrant communities and they are finding some gems too.
Spouting populist generalities might be enough to make you sound credible on ESPN, but he better have some “how’s” to go with all those “why’s” or else Sunil Gulati should laugh him out of his office.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. Klinsmann is a charlatan and if we hire him, we’ll be fortunate to qualify for Brazil 2014.*
CLARIFICATION: Since I think I was too vague here, let me say this. I don’t think we won’t qualify for the World Cup, but I could see Mexico-with-Eriksson type situation. If that came to pass, and we were struggling in the Hex, would the USSF be able to swallow its pride and $$ to can him the way the Mexicans admirably did with Sven? If the USSF dumped him, then sure I could see another coach turning it around. But if he were to stay and struggle, what then? Why not pick someone with more experience? Why not set our sights higher?