Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
The United States Men’s National Team is not in a great place right now. After a brutal 2-1 defeat at the hands of Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals – a loss many consider to be among the worst in U.S. soccer history – the team hasn’t recovered and has continued to struggle against what should be inferior opponents.
So what’s the solution? Well, if you ask women’s soccer star Abby Wambach, it’s firing the team’s head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
When asked by Simmons what she would do to fix the men’s team she said, “Oh man, I would definitely fire Jurgen. I don’t think that Jurgen and the litmus test on him has worked.”
When pressed for an explanation from Simmons, Wambach offered the following.
“Well first of all, he hasn’t really focused, I feel like, enough attention on the youth programs. Although he says he has, I don’t think that he has. I also believe that the way that he has changed and brought in a bunch of these foreign guys is not something that I believe in wholeheartedly.
“I just think the experiment that U.S. soccer has given Jurgen isn’t one that, personally, I’m into. You know, it’s got to be interesting for those guys to see their coach take off in a helicopter, fly home and then come back to training.”
Klinsmann has coached the USMNT since 2011 and the team has 43 wins, 14 draws and 21 losses under his watch.
Wambach will play in her final game as a member of the USWNT team tonight in New Orleans.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.