USMNT Report: Klinsmann Suspended from Final

USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann has been suspended for the Gold Cup final
by Herb Scribner   |   Saturday, July 27, 2013

USMNT Report - coverage of the United States Men's National Team

Can the Klinsmann era work without Klinsmann?

That’s what the United States Men’s National Team will look to answer tomorrow during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, when it faces off with Panama at Soldier Field in Chicago.

USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann was ejected during the semifinal against Honduras in the 87th minute after the Americans were being bombarded with fouls. Last night, about 48 hours after the incident, CONCACAF’s disciplinary committee announced the suspension.

The former German international striker apologized after the win over Honduras, but it was not enough to shield him from the ruling, which cannot be appealed.

The United States has been playing extremely well as of late under Klinsmann. Not only is the team riding a 10-game winning streak – the longest in the history by the USA – but also doing so emphatically. Goals are coming in droves and the possession has never seemed better.

It’s unlikely this ejection will hinder the United States performance. Andreas Herzog and Martin Vasquez, who are the USMNT’s assistant coaches, have learned a lot from Klinsmann and will likely stick to his gameplan.

But it does put a slight blemish on the United States, if the team does capture the Gold Cup trophy. A win would give the USA its 1st silverware win during the Klinsmann era, only Klinsmann won’t be there to celebrate with his team.

For all the work Klinsmann has put into this side and changed the way the USA plays, it would have been nice for him to be down on the sidelines for a trophy win. But he warranted an ejection, the decision was made and now he must let his side show us all whether or not the team can play his style – and win – on its own.

NEXT UP: July 28 – Gold Cup: United States vs. Panama, Soldier Field, Chicago. 4 p.m. EST, FOX, Univsion.


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