Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I can't believe I'm actually about to float this notion, but here goes.

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

11 comments:

Tony M said...

I recently sarcastically told a friend that Klinsmann brings nothing to the team that Wayne Dyer couldn't. It's all vague motivational speak - and I realized it has always been this way. I remember in 2002 when asked about Donovan’s game against Germany – a game where he earned a lot of praise from the Germans – Klinsmann said something knocking Donovan, that he didn’t “want it enough” or something like that. Had nothing to do with Oliver Kahn making a fingertip save, right? It was Donovan’s “attitude” that failed.

The irony is that we went got a European coach, one of the great players of his generation no less, and he’s more Californian than the Californians. No tactics – just speeches about motivation and attitude. Anyway, it sounds to me like JK is back tracking so that when Jozy returns he can claim it was always the plan and take ‘credit’ for his new attitude.

Will Parchman said...

To be fair, Tony, I think the "no tactics" remark is a tad hyperbolic. A tad.

Tony M said...

Is "crappy tactics that don't match his claims about free flowing attacking soccer" a little more accurate?

My point is that he speaks in platitudes about effort and attitude. He clearly regards tactical considerations second to "attitude" and "belief". I see no evidence of any kind of tactical sophistication or any sign of evolution. His plan in the first Jamaica game was garbage, yet the failing is with his players and their attitude and effort. Jozy is just the most obvious example: a poor plan with no service or support - and its Jozy fault, not JKs for playing three d mids and no attacking width. Basic, basic mistakes, and a completely predictable result.

Isn't this why he's here? Isn't he supposed to be taking us somewhere beyond where Bob Brdaley left us? If all he is going to do is "send messages" and instil proper attitudes and belief, well then give me Bob Bradley any day of the week. At least Bob didn't denigrate players in the press - and he certainly seemed to get guys believing in themselves. (Just ask Spain.)

Greg Seltzer said...

I'd say there *were* signs of this advancement, but we've suddenly been regressing. And if we come out against A&B with some tippy-toes line-up, I'll probably be as sore as you are now.

Jolazo said...

Fabian out of the A&B game with the flu.

Now there's no wingers.

Tony M said...

Greg: I hope that doesn't happen for your own mentl health...but venting has been helpful! Thanks!

Ben Taylor said...

Any chance Gatt gets called up with the sudden dearth of wingers?

dikranovich said...

when tony m says something about platitudes and effort and attitudes, for some reason i get this jimmy buffet song in my head.

paul said...

...and Castillo is out too with foot injury. Now I'm hearing it too...
"...if we couldn't laugh, we'd all go insane."

I'm looking forward to a reaction like I had after Azteca, "sure it wasn't pretty, but how the hell did that just happen with THAT lineup. Not I'm complaining ..."

paul said...

Hell, while we're at it we could complete the entire regression ...

Bornstein wouldnt have to deal with jetlag... ;)

Phil McCracken said...

I'm half expecting Klinsmann to say something along the lines of "we need Jozy to not be a human being, but a human doing".