Saturday, April 4, 2015

It's not me... it's you.

I think it's fair to say Bolton manager Neil Lennon is a little miffed at Jurgen Klinsmann. And, what's more, I think it's fair to say he has a point, especially about this strange manner of super-secretiveness over friendly call-ups that dates back to previous USMNT coaches.





- Greg Seltzer

8 comments:

mark said...

Has there ever been a reason given for the last min roster releases?

Greg Seltzer said...

Not that I recall.

ewocky said...

Lennon has every right to be miffed, and his thoughts make total sense from his prospective. He wants his players with him, and if they're not he wants them to be fulfilled.

But Ream's position on the national team also makes sense. If he was playing at a super-elite level and an obvious ink starter who was being snubbed by his coach out of ignorance, then that would be one thing. But he's not. He's a 27 year old solid mid-table English Championship player competing for a role with a bunch of other similarly qualified or else talented and high-ceiling younger players at his position for the national team.

If Ream's goal, as Lennon says it is, is to work towards being a national team regular, then getting called in to camps and given the chance to prove that he needs to be on the team directly in front of the coach is exactly what he should want. That's his chance, and his continued call-ups mean that JK considers him in the running.

So, it's natural... his club coach is lobbying that Ream should get what he wants, or else stop getting called in. His national team coach keeps calling him in and giving him a chance to impress, and the player keeps trying to make his case amongst talented peers. He's a classic "on the bubble" player who needs to wait for some injuries, noticeably improve, or hope others flounder.

In short, Lennon's comments are fair, but even so it's not a failing of USMNT coaching unless you think Ream's quality demands more minutes.

ewocky said...

Oh, and Greg, what do you mean by, "this strange manner of super-secretiveness over friendly call-ups" and how does it effect this story particularly? Is that referring to JK releasing rosters publicly pretty late (usually just after the last weekend's games end before an upcoming friendly)?

I've always taken than as simple gamesmanship... a small move to give the other team a bit less time to prepare for the specific opposition. Seems harmless to me for maybe a slight advantage. Why not?

But I've also assumed the players being called in are told as early as any other national team and it was just the public announcement that was later. Is that not true? Or am I missing what you're talking about entirely?

Greg Seltzer said...

Aha, but does Ream's position on the team make sense? He plays most of his Bolton games at left back and also plays DM, a position he has tried to force-feed to the likes of Mix and Bedoya lately.


*He's a 27 year old solid mid-table English Championship player competing for a role with a bunch of other similarly qualified or else talented and high-ceiling younger players at his position for the national team.*


Actually, he is his team's reigning Player of the Year that has been operating at league bext-XI level for a couple years now. Does Garza have this level of résumé? Birnbaum? Alvarado?

Of course, this is the first blind spot Klinsi's had. Sacha Kljestan rarely has gotten any looks, and usually out of position, but Green and Wood still get called up and often started while they are in hot non-playing water with their clubs. The Lichaj weirdness has gone on for ages and of course you have the Donovan thing. Let's not pretend this is a one-off.



*Oh, and Greg, what do you mean by, "this strange manner of super-secretiveness over friendly call-ups" and how does it effect this story particularly? Is that referring to JK releasing rosters publicly pretty late (usually just after the last weekend's games end before an upcoming friendly)?*


Yes.


*I've always taken than as simple gamesmanship... a small move to give the other team a bit less time to prepare for the specific opposition.*


Gamesmanship for friendlies scheduled nowhere near a competition that are filled with all of Kilnsi' experiments? I fail to see the point.



*But I've also assumed the players being called in are told as early as any other national team and it was just the public announcement that was later.*


Nope. They usually find out the same day we do, just a few hours earlier. Maybe the day before call-ups, if they get lucky. And this was half Lennon's point, because their clubs also aren't told until the last minute. It is bizarre and entirely unhelpful to anyone in any way.

Kirk Diggler said...

Spot on from Lennon. Ream should have gotten some serious minutes. He's already proved he's playing at a higher level than Garza or Brek at the LB position. My feeling is that Klinsman carries grudges. When Ream decided to stay home for the birth of his child last spring it pretty much cost him any chance to make the WC roster. His treatment of LD only supports this argument, Landon was the best player at the Gold Cup yet is dropped for the likes of Julian 'Germany was not knocking on his door' Green and Chris 'wiff' Wondo. I've so over Klinsman, would love to see wat a tactically effective coach could do for the U.S.

Tony M said...

The blind spot some US fans have about Ream is puzzling. Greg's response below is exactly right. What's really amazing is that he is the only guy in the pool with significant experience playing left back in a three-man back line. You'd think if that ugly looking experiment was really something he'd want to try, Ream would get a look.

Nope. But we get Shea and Jones

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