March 25, 2016
Just how secure is Klinsmann's job after this disaster?
By Michael Lewis
The hot seat has never been hotter for Jurgen Klinsmann after Friday night's 2-0 loss in Guatemala.
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OK, it is late, on the other side of midnight and I have had my share of soccer on Friday night and I want to get to sleep.
So, I will try to make this as short as possible on five thoughts about the United States' 2-0 loss to Guatemala in World Cup qualifying in Guatemala City.
The record is embarrassing
Halfway through the semifinal round and the USA is on the outside looking in. The Americans fell to third place in Group C behind Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala and the top two teams move on to the hexagonal.
If the USA fails to qualify for Russia and get the boot in this round, it will be a major embarrassment and heads will roll.
In fact, heads could wind up rolling before that occurs.
You have to wonder how thin the ice is under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's feet after this debacle. There are no excuses from him or the players for this result. That goes quadruple for the coach.
Essentially, the USA has been a train wreck since starting its struggles in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
You have to wonder how long U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and the federation will put up with these underachieving results. After Tuesday's WCQ against Guatemala, the next big thing for the USA is Copa America Centenario and the powers that be in U.S. Soccer cannot afford to have a team that played like the one at Estadio Mateo Flores.
I just wonder if or when the hammer will drop. Forget about Klinsmannís name and reputation, the USA needs a coach who can motivate the players. Hmm. How about Tab Ramos?
That's right, Tab Ramos, the assistant coach. The USA could do worse.
In fact, the team is -- with Klinsmann in charge.
Out of the Mix
Ah, don't expect Mis Diskerud to start against Guatemala on Tuesday night after Friday night's fiasco. He struggled big time on defense and was outmuscled on the first Guatemalan goal. He played well in New York City FC's first three MLS matches but was damn awful Friday night.
Twice Alejandro Bedoya had golden opportunities to score and twice the USA midfielder was stoned by goalkeeper Paulo Motta. He has to finish one of them because they were fabulous scoring chances and they don't come along very often.
That second goal
Man, talk about catching the USA napping. a 35-year-old striker (Carlos Ruiz) who had announced his international retirement three years ago, latched onto a long goal kick by goalkeeper Paulo Motta. No excuses for that. The USA team should have been charged an admission fee for becoming spectators on that play.