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WC 2006: Who should coach the U.S. now?
2006-06-26 09:54
by Bob Timmermann

My brother weighs in on the knotty problems of picking a new coach for the U.S. national team. This presumes that Bruce Arena is out of the job.

2006-06-26 10:08:43
1.   Penarol1916
Honestly, I can think of one great candidate for the US job who probably has no hope, JR Carrasco, who coached Uruguay in the first half of the qualifiers. He would really spark this team, his whole focus is on attacking and playing clean soccer along with giving exciting new players a chance. I have never seen Uruguay more exciting than when he coached, especially when they came back from a 2-0 defecit in Brasil to tie the game 3-3. What undid him is the fact that Uruguayan defenders are just too slow to play his system and he didn't tolerate the cynical fouls that Uruguayans are known for. You add in the fact that the guy makes all kinds of crazy comments, and you have someone who could do really well with the US team.
2006-06-26 11:09:56
2.   Linkmeister
"USSF president Sunil Gulati said he wants someone who knows the American system, but that person may not exist."

I see a family resemblance in writing style here.

2006-06-26 11:21:38
3.   Bob Timmermann
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
2006-06-26 11:39:17
4.   underdog
What is the American system? Do we have a system?

Say, now that he's officially free, how about Guus Hiddink?

Another popular choice that must be put on hold (and could be a fantasy) is Germany's Klinsmann - given his affinity for and residency in the US.

How about someone, anyone, who will play 4-4-2?

2006-06-26 11:42:11
5.   Bob Timmermann
The American system involves a lot of slow developing plays.
2006-06-26 11:42:23
6.   underdog
Oops, just read your brother's fine article on the subject, wherein Klinsmann says he wouldn't be interested. Of course, who knows what will change after the WC is over. If Germany wins the Cup, does that make him ready for a change, since he's done all he can do in Germany. Or if they lose, maybe he'll be ready for a change because Germans will villify him? Hard to know, but it sounds like counting on him would be a mistake.

Carrasco would be interesting, but maybe the US doesn't want a coach who makes crazy comments?

2006-06-26 11:42:57
7.   underdog
5 Plays? We have plays?
2006-06-26 11:51:35
8.   Penarol1916
4. Hiddink already promised to coach the Russians after this world cup was over.
2006-06-26 12:06:16
9.   Bob Timmermann
Bruno Pfister?
2006-06-26 12:06:33
10.   Bob Timmermann
Sorro, Otto Pfister!
2006-06-26 12:17:08
11.   underdog
8 Ah, well, a team that needs even more help than the U.S.

10 Such language - this is a family blog!

2006-06-26 12:25:26
12.   Bob Timmermann
I'll go back to my original suggestion:

Jose from the adidas commercial.

2006-06-26 13:20:07
13.   Start Spreading the News
Say what you want about that kid Jose. But he knows how to put together a good roster.
2006-06-26 13:21:14
14.   Start Spreading the News

has some interesting stuff to say about our roster construction

2006-06-26 13:41:11
15.   Telemachos
One blog mentioned that Sven Goran Ericsson's name has been mentioned. Please, dear god, let this not be true.
2006-06-26 16:03:12
16.   tmurase
12 You mean we should clone Beckenbauer? Now that's cutting edge sports medicine!
2006-06-26 16:57:58
17.   Bob Timmermann
But only Beckenbauer, circa 1972-74

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