This seems so bananas to have even considered in the first place and I apologize for sounding like I'm writing the screenplay for Ocean's 14... but could it be possible that Jurgen Klinsmann is gambling on two Blunt Instruments and a Gertjan Verbeek in order to easier steal away with hexagonal success down the line with a super-revved Jozy Altidore?
Well down into this article, a quote jumped out and finger-thumped the part of my brain that wakes up to curious similarities.
"It’s just a consequence of what we saw the last couple of times," the coach said, referring to the last two games Altidore played with the USMNT, both against Jamaica. "Now it’s up to him to show a positive response, which we are sure he will show."
That kind of talk - along with the prior questioning of training efforts and output - sounds quite familiar, no? Klinsmann also essentially shot down some of his previous reasonings for the decision with the first quote (e.g. the vague training complaint about the spring that came pre-contradicted and the '14 months' comment), giving this seemingly oddball theory less competition.
It all sounds pretty kooky, I know. And yet, somewhere, an AZ manager probably chuckles...
- Greg Seltzer