Monday, March 28, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Pulisic called into USMNT to help save Klinsmann

Yesterday's Scores
No major competitive matches.

It was a slow Easter Sunday in the soccer world, but there were a few significant news stories to come out of the holiday.

The first was the news that Jack Butland broke his ankle against Germany and will not only miss the rest of Stoke City's season, but also the European Championships this summer. This is a hit to both club and country here, as Butland was primed to take over the starting goalkeeper role from Joe Hart, who has held onto the position for quite some time now.

The bigger news, at least as far as we Americans are concerned, is that Jurgen Klinsmann is calling up Christian Pulisic for Tuesday's World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala. there were questions as to why he wasn't there for last Friday's game, but it turns out the 17-year-old phenom came down with a cold. Graham Zusi will also join him in Columbus for the suddenly huge match.

It's great to see Pulisic getting his first senior call up after having played well in his cameos with Borussia Dortmund this season. However, this does nothing to alleviate the glaring mistakes Klinsmann has made in constructing this squad to begin with. Klinsmann, despite knowing about Fabian Johnson's injury, refused to call up a replacement for him at right back. He still has nobody capable of playing that position. He also is stuck with only one capable left back in Edgar Castillo, who is terrible. He has other options available, but he refuses to give a player like Jorge Villafana a look, for some reason.

Tuesday's match is a make or break one for Klinsmann as the USA's manager. If they lose he should be fired immediately. He shouldn't be allowed to leave MAPFRE Stadium with his job intact. A loss makes the climb into the hexagonal to be too difficult to navigate. A win doesn't mean his job is safe, either. It mean's that he really needs to show up for Copa America if he wants to stick around for the last two qualifiers in September. And he will need to do quite a bit to impress me enough to keep him around after that. In the long run, Klinsmann will be fired unless some form of miracle steps in to save him. His results have not justified keeping him as first team coach and I firmly believe that when the USA plays in the 2018 World Cup, Klinsmann will not be on the touchline making the calls for this squad.

Today's Matches
No major competitive matches.

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