Whether you’d like to believe it or not, this is your triumph. I believe Bob was relieved of his duties in large part due to your collective voices.
Like the last point in my optimistic piece, 5 positive influences on US Soccer in 2010, suggested, I had never witnessed such a strong and sustained outcry for the head of our national team coach. And that voice held strong until today.
You would not allow the excuses to continue. You know, all those superficial logical ones that only carry weight among those with snorkel gear, instead of scuba gear. Well, you wouldn’t let them get away with it any longer.
You tweeted, you wrote on facebook, you rebutted on forums, and you were powerful commenters on the blogs!
For me, it was truly interesting watching the transformation in voice and rhetoric from American bloggers who were under attack. It’s not that they had a real change of heart or any enlightening soccer moment; far from it, they’re still clueless as ever! They simply bent under your pressure. Their foundation of excuses, which stem from their lack of deep understanding, and is required to support their flawed philosophy, was buckling. If it weren’t for you, they would just attribute the Gold Cup final to the Cherundolo injury, and we’d all move on.
NO MORE! If they want to appease a more sophisticated readership, they need to go learn! Because catering to the blind horde, of which ironically they are a part of, places them in your crosshairs. And many times, you make them look like the amateurs they are.
And just like you’ve forced their hand, you’ve forced US Soccer’s.
Gulati and company, don’t enjoy the support base from the cheerleading, rosy picture-painting, excuse-making, superficial-understanding media it had not too long ago. And generally, how goes the media, goes the fan-base. Which in turn, has money and job implications.
So everyone’s trying to save their asses! Bob Bradley is the fall guy.
This is an example of how you can introduce accountability. Congratulations on winning this battle.
Tonight I toast to you!