Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's about time!

The USMNT system now has a new Under-23 (read: Olympic) manager in Akron's Caleb Porter and U-20 boss in Tab Ramos. Other than the delay in actually naming coaches, I am rather pleased with the choices.

Now, Mix and I can stop tapping the watch. Heh.


- Greg Seltzer

9 comments:

Mike said...

I like the move, both seem like good hires. So I take it that Cabrera will stay on as the U17 coach then

SPA2TACU5 said...

Off topic.

Jozy benched at AZ?

Greg Seltzer said...

I think "benched" is overstating it. This is the kind of thing Verbeek does to speak players. And as you can see from tonight, clearly he is no great problem to how the team plays.

It's just Verbeek. He pushes buttons. It's his way. The idea is to get Jozy to respond by lifting himself higher. Verbeek wants Jozy to always reach higher, which is something he isn't always quite doing naturally.

It's no big deal, that's my take.

Mike said...

I think both of Jozy's coaches (JK and Verbeek) will be good for him in the long run. Hopefully he takes it to another level when he gets his next chance

Mark said...

it's just too bad Jozy hasn't shown that he's capable of rising to the occassion in the past. see any team he's played for since new york where he was gifted a spot because he had little (wolyniec) to no competition for a spot. he's always relied on his abundance of athleticism and physical gifts. which at this point is no longer making up for his lack of technical skills

Ole said...

Easy to accept Porter into the US MNT fold, less happy that he's continuing at Akron. If you're an 18 y.o. with National aspirations, what do you say when Akron recruits you?

Major conflict of interest that college coaches aren't allowed to do with HS players, why isn't he going full-time?

jon said...

Ole, qualifying and the Olympics happen within a 6 month span and then the U23s are done until 3.5 years later, so I don't see much of a conflict of interest at present.

Jay said...

Yeah, and he was previously an assistant to the U-18 program and a scout for the Development Academy. Clearly it's not an issue.

Personally, I'm glad to see him pulled further into the fold. DC tried real hard to hire him before the Curt Onalfo debacle, if I'm not mistaken. Maybe the exposure to the pros in the U-23 team will lead him to re-evaluate his stance on coaching for a professional club.

drew_brown said...

NCAA hasn't found CoachK's coaching the men's basketball Olympic team to be a conflict of interest don't see any reason why they'd come down on porter.