Short answer? No. What it does equal, though, is a bunch of really pissed off people who have every right to be.
Can they be pissed off that we lost out on the best candidate
and potential difference maker? Sure.
Can they be pissed off that Bob Bradley will be named interim coach? Sure.
Can they be pissed off that US Soccer may have tragically taken a step backward, or best case scenario, a step laterally
, with this coaching move? Once again. Sure.
But all of the above reasons to be mad are simply smaller pieces of the much larger problem behind the legitimate
reason to engage in anger towards the USSF
and Sunil Gulati
right now: that we've squandered that past 6 months in an exercise
of organizational dysfunction.
People will hypothesize, theorize, and whatever else -ize
out of what the phrase, "Klinsmann
president Sunil Gulati
apparently are far apart on issues of executive control over the U.S. program, which is more of an issue than money" means. If the USSF
makes one thing very simple, it's that ability to become quickly confused and lost at how the bureaucracy
of the federation works. Many lords fighting
to control their little fiefdoms of soccer. It's own worst enemy. Therefore I'll leave that up to others to get headaches over.
Essentially, it's not that Klinsmann
pulled out. It's that we had to wait 6 months for that to happen. And when it did, we didn't have a Plan B to immediately go to, so instead we get an interim coach until a full time one is found. It could be Bob Bradley or Sir Alex Ferguson in this short term role. It doesn't matter. What does matter is the title 'interim' that precedes 'coach'.
Gone are 6 months of no camps, no games, and no progress. And now the Fred is forced to essentially grab somebody and toss him into the coach's role so that we at least have someone selecting the Starting XI and roaming the sidelines during the friendly matches we've already schedule.
These upcoming matches have devolved from the infant stages of culling players and laying the bedrock for a future system into glorified training sessions, making sure the obvious players keep in shape and somewhat remember each other's faces. And the USSF
gets to make money from the ticket sales.
Hope for the best, plan for the worst. The USSF
only did one of those thing and now it cost them.
I'm normally optomistic, but unless the USSF pulls off a miracle hire, the dismissall of Bruce Arena (sorry, the option not to re-hire) will be in vain.