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Strike one against Eddie Johnson, before he even gets into Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. camp?

Oct 8, 2012, 10:25 AM EST

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Is Eddie Johnson going to be a productive member of the U.S. national team scene now that he has apparently been afforded a second-life internationally?

Or will the reborn Seattle Sounders striker – who was this close to tumbling out of professional soccer less than a year ago – squander his chance to rebuild his career into something special?

It’s impossible to say, of course, although we can already assess this: The man is off to a bad start.

Players along the front end of the national team pool were informed last week of their status for the upcoming pair of qualifiers.  By “status,” we mean they were told whether they are “in” or “out.”

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said through U.S. Soccer media channels that he would announce the roster today. Informing players ahead of time of their status is part procedural and part logistical. And, obviously, players just want to know.

But sharing that information via social media or traditional press is a no-no. Whether it should be, we can possible debate; what’s the harm, after all, of greater public knowledge?

But it’s beside the point here. Players are well informed of their expectations under Klinsmann, just as they were previously under Bob Bradley and before that under Bruce Arena. This is nothing new.

One expectation is that certain information is not to be shared publicly. That part is simple.

So the revelatory Tweets that Johnson distributed late Friday cannot have pleased the U.S. Soccer establishment, not Klinsmann himself. It may be only a misdemeanor infraction, but it’s an infraction nonetheless.

(MORE: Johnson reveals he’s back in USMNT graces)

Trust is a central part of any relationship among coaches and teammates. If Johnson cannot be trusted with the little details, he’s sending the wrong message about whether he can be trusted with the bigger, more important requests ahead.

I fully expect his name to be on the list when U.S. Soccer announces it today at 3 p.m. ET. That is, I don’t think this little indiscretion is a deal-killer. But I also expect that he’s been slapped across the write, figuratively, and that he’s already got one strike against him.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Klinsmann is treading on dangerous ground. The National Team has shown regression since he took over. Fluky results in Italy and Mexico City included. I have seen a total of 30 minutes of good soccer since Bradley got fired. The offense looks far worse now than it did under Bradley….now, a possible snub of Altidore for Eddie Johnson? Seriously? Based upon recent USMNT form, I am very very nervous over these next two (and possibly last two) qualifiers and I have no faith that Klinsmann can suddenly turn into tactical genius to see them through.

  2. Hil - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    In the grand scheme of things I don’t think it is a big deal or a sign of the coming apocalypse or anything of the sort. It was merely a guy really happy to get the call up. If that got people really torqued perhaps their energies are not being spent in the correct places. The USMNT have a long list of problems and tweeting isn’t in the top 30.

  3. paladinvt - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    If this is a reason to exclude Johnson from the USMNT setup, then the people in charge of U.S. Soccer need to go, en masse, and we need to get some folks in there who know not to sweat trivialities and who can focus on the real work of improving the team.

  4. Steve Davis - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I don’t think it’s a reason to exclude anybody, and US Soccer most certainly isn’t setting it up or anything like that. First, it’s Klinsmann’s choice, period. If he didn’t want EJ in the team, he simply wouldn’t call the guy into camp. He’s certainly done that with other players.

    • cmcgeeks - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      I just can’t help but to think it may be something personal between Klinsman and Jozy . With the form he’s been in it’s a no brainer that he should be called in. Eithier that or ,oerhaps AZ Alkmaar feel they need him more than his country does ??

  5. orbmech - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    This may be just a little thing but it’s not a good way to start out. And I, painfully, remember his previous showings for the national team. I hope he’s better this time around.

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