Looks great from 10,000 feet, huh? That’s the resume/pedigree trap. Don’t fall into it, because it loves to claim victims.
Hopefully it’s understood by now that sparkling player resumes don’t correlate with quality coaching. And coaching resumes? Well, we need to be careful.
How many of us followed his 2006 team religiously? Did we analyze every game, every roster call-up or fluctuation, and read or listen to [legit] soccer pundits at the time? How about training sessions? Did we go to any of those?
I didn’t. Sure I watched all his games – sometimes twice. Five years later, all I seem to recall is a traditionally strong Germany, but nothing impressive. So I’m not exactly star-struck.
But, and it’s a huge but, here’s 6 pluses we’ve never had before:
- He has soccer DNA.
- If the stories of him rejecting US Soccer’s past offers, and the reasons for the rejections, are true, then he better understands the requirements for long-term success AND he’s in it for the right reasons.
- He’s made public statements of what he perceives to be the issues with US Soccer and in a tone as if they are correctable. That alone is making him accountable for progress in those areas.
- Control. I don’t know how much authority he commands, but if it’s “his people” who will run the youth national teams and scouting network, then they too will have soccer DNA and be aligned with #3 above.
- A stronger global network and credibility. Klinsi’s player recommendation to a South American or Euro club will carry far more weight than Mickey Mouse. Our general American player pool – not just the national team – stands to benefit.
- More eyeballs. Clubs around the world will be following this USMNT more than ever before. As a result, the exposure our players receive will be unprecedented.