Now What? (U.S. Men's Soccer)
So you got yourselves eliminated from the World Cup in Russia. Now what?
Sorry Bruce Arena, you're fired.
United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, you're fired.
Everyone 30 and over on the National Team, you're done, you'll be 35+ by Qatar.
That means hard decisions for the Starters in the US v Trinidad and Tobago debacle.
Tim Howard: Off to the broadcast booth.
Matt Besler: Goodbye, thanks for your time.
Omar Gonzalez: Be glad you don't live in Columbia.
Micheal Bradley: One of my favorite players of all time. You're done.
Jorge Villafana: Eh...we'll see.
DeAndre Yellin: Get ready for Qatar
Christian Pulisec: Hopefully this loss will put a fire in your belly for 2022.
Darlington Nagbe: You will be part of the next wave.
Paul Arrilola: You too.
Bobby Wood: If he stays in Europe, he has to play every week in Europe.
Jozy Altidore: Hmmm. Evaluate later.
Clint Dempsey: Superlatives can't capture Dempsey's greatness. You need a parade in his honor. A parade right into retirement.
Starting tomorrow, you get yourself a new president, new coach, and raid the U.S. U-23 and U-20 teams. Those guys need evaluations now, Fill out the rest of your roster with MLS' best.
Losing to Trinidad and Tobago was a loss of historic proportions. Maybe the sting and embarrassment of this loss will propel the younger generation.
Do not fall back into the ways of Jurgen Klinsmann. Make a commitment to win, or lose, with young Americans growing the game in America. Mercenaries didn't win you anything in the past either. Find the right mixture of young Americans that bleed red, white, and blue and go to battle with them.
Don't give me this crap about Americans having to play Europe. Iceland just qualified for the World Cup with a team loaded with players from Scottish, Swedish, and Russian Leagues. But at the end of the day, they are all homegrown Icelanders who have played together since the youth leagues. Even look at your U-17 team and identify the next Christian Pulisec.
MLS is the 10th best soccer league in the World. The United States should be in every World Cup and advance to, at least, the second round every single cycle. Anything less than that is a structural failure of U.S. Soccer.
Kudos to Taylor Twellman screaming in the background.