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“News” on Caleb Porter’s contract status

Mar 28, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

U.S. head coach Caleb Porter gestures during the second half of their U-23 international friendly soccer match against Mexico in Frisco Reuters

For U.S. soccer supporters awaiting a reckoning on U.S. under-23 manager Caleb Porter, standing by for a dismissal from the position or for some official thumbs-up, here’s some useful news:

Nothing like that was ever going to happen.

Porter’s position as U.S. under-23 coach was never a “permanent” post, per se. There isn’t a permanent under-23 program, so his was always a cyclical position for a team created once every four years, attached to the quadrennial summer Olympic games.

Porter’s contract expires on April 30, according to U.S. Soccer. That expiration date was always in the contract in the event the United States failed to qualify for London 2012.

Had the United States earned a berth for this summer, regardless of whether things went “famine” or “feast” in London, his contract would have expired shortly thereafter, most likely at the end of August.That’s standard in these contracts. (Peter Nowak’s deal was structured slightly differently four years ago because he was a full-time assistant on Bob Bradley’s national team staff at the time, “moonlighting” as Olympic coach.)

U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe said Porter will meet soon with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer secretary general Dan Flynn and national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann in a standard performance review. Porter, who remains coach of the University of Akron’s highly successful program, could still fill any number of roles within U.S. Soccer’s integrated national team system (under-17s, under-20s, full men’s team assistant, etc.). Or all parties could simply move on.

“I would think that meeting will happen sooner rather than later,” Buethe told me a few minutes ago from his U.S. Soccer office in Chicago. “They obviously want to review things face to face, so it’s just a matter of figuring out everybody’s schedule.”

  1. drchale - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    So since Klinsmann and U.S. Soccer is focused more on getting players MORE time on the field, why DON’T we have a permanent u23 team program? More camps, more games, more opportunities for the younger generation to get games on the int’l level, instead of trying to force them into the senior USMNT or waiting for the January camp.

    After this tournament, most of the u23 players will go back to their clubs and won’t be called in by the USMNT for several years. Why not make the team permanent, play 5-6 games a year, and begin to build the mentality, tactics, etc. that Klinsmann wants our players to have? Seems like a wasted opportunity to me.

  2. soccerknowitall - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    “This country is evolving and even though maybe it’s not showing in this tournament and didn’t show in the U-20 tournament, you can’t measure success always on results” Porter said. “You sometimes have to prioritize winning less to play a certain way and clearly I went into this tournament with a philosophy and I stuck to it.
    is this tool actually saying “priortize winning less? what a loser!!!!!!! never have I heard an american coach in any sport say this. USSF clowns. YOUR SO IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF

    • Steve Davis - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      All right … you’ve just been yellow carded. No name calling. Period. Cool?

  3. jumbossportsblog - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  4. sluggo271 - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    One win over a baseball country.

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