I think people are getting it confused. Hiring a manager who actually has a clue will not get us the World Cup final, and perhaps not the quarters this cycle either.
That is not the discussion we should be having. That is not the appropriate metric to use.
Defenders of the entourage – or those with difficulty piercing through the fog of scorelines – are stuck citing this or that result as a sign of progress. And then subsequently stuck searching to find reasons for adverse results. What escapes them are the fundamentals, and hence the capacity for seeing our trajectory.
2 Fundamental Signs of Progress
You want to take a real step forward? Well, our entire philosophy must change – from what defines a quality player to how a team should play.
That is what elite level management at the Senior and youth National Teams can begin correcting. It’s a process. How one plays, and at what club level a country’s top players play, are good indicators of the current state and future projection of a nation’s program.
If the new management can:
- Implement a discernible style and
- Select players of true quality who then end up actually playing at top flight clubs in the best leagues
then that’s a good measure of progress!
Once we have 2, 3, 5 Americans starting for Champion’s League level clubs, then we can say proper work has been done towards being a legitimate contender.
That is what the expectation of new management should be. That is a good and fundamental metric of success, not tying Argentina in a friendly, a fluke against Spain, or limping through to the WC round of 16, quarters, or even semis.
Adjust your mentality!
And no, results are not abandoned. We should still expect CONCACAF dominance and getting past the WC group stage. Except that now there is a real platform from which to aspire to greatness.