Just to clarify: if you look carefully at what I'm actually saying about this Jozy Altidore exclusion, I am not even going so far as to assert that Jurgen Klinsmann was wrong to do it. What I have been saying in volume is that the explanations don't begin to add up yet. That is what I'm questioning.
Whether some folks want to admit it or not, this it is supremely odd on the face of it. If Altidore is "lazy" he is lazy like Brett Hull was lazy. He has not been so bad as many claim in the US shirt under Klinsmann and a large portion of his lack of production can be directly attributed to the rest of the team's play and the coach's tactical decisions (in reality, harping on the goal stats is a bit like if we faulted Tim Howard for facing too many shots). The supposedly controversial Tweet is apparently a non-issue borne out of assumption. And if he trained so poorly, then why did the boss say the opposite during the time frame discussed? These overly simplistic justifications are all flimsy at best.
Maybe Klinsmann has a great reason for this, I don't know. That's exactly what I'm trying to figure out, which won't happen if I simply nod my head along to every curiosity like a dog agreeing to take a treat.
- Greg Seltzer