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Jurgen Klinsmann is a winner plain and simple

Mar 23, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

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The last few days before last night’s epic win over Costa Rica in Denver have felt like a referendum of sorts on coach, Jurgen Klinsmann.

Of course three points and 2nd place in the ‘Hex’ have shut the detractors up for now however I’m sure they’ll be back in force should the team lose to Mexico on Tuesday. Let’s not forget the fact that the Americans have never won a world cup qualifier at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City though but that’s beside the point.

My beef is why are critics and fans moaning about Klinsmann, he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to US Soccer hands down. The man is a born winner, who has been there, done that and worn the t-shirt all over the world.

Perhaps you haven’t seen his resume. It’s impressive!

At the club level he played in Germany, France, England and Italy winning multiple trophies. At the international level he represented his country 108 times winning the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championships in 1996 as captain. As a coach he took Germany to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2006 playing an expansive brand of football that the German national team still plays to this day. His only failure, a short spell at Bayern Munich, a club with a notoriously short fuse where many have failed before him.

What Americans have to realize is that Klinsmann has two short-term goals and neither of them have anything to do with style, making friends or being liked.

1. Qualify for the World Cup finals
2. Take the USMNT further than they’ve ever been before.

Nothing else matters in the next eighteen months. So to those of you who have got your knickers in a twist about what he is and isn’t doing with the national team, cool your jets and let him do the job he was hired to do. If he fails, then you can come out all guns blazing.

Here’s a poll that’ll make it simple for you to make a clear headed choice. I already know the winner!

  1. danielofthedale - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Wow, Klinsmann is the best thing to ever happen to US soccer!!! Oh that makes me laugh!

    Let us see, The US getting awarded the 1994 World Cup, Paul Caligiuri’s goal against Trinidad and Tobago that lead us to qualify for World Cup 1990, the US victory over Colombia in the ’94 World Cup to get us out of the group, the wins over Portugal and Mexico in the 2002 World Cup, Donovan’s goal against Algeria, the creation of MLS, Phil Anschutz and Lamar Hunt keeping the league up and running through the rough financial early days of MLS are all bigger and better things in the history of US soccer than the hiring of Klinsmann as coach and there are probably many more things that I am leaving off.

    One day you might be right, in the afterglow of history. Jurgen could lead us to the Semis of the World Cup down in Brazil hang around for Russia and contuine to implement his vision for the youth systems and even win the World Cup. But right now he is just a coach that has yet to do what all the other men in your poll have done, lead the US to the World.

  2. mfmaxpower - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Well this is one of the dumbest posts I’ve seen in a while. How does this type of quality make it onto an NBC website?

    Yeah, Klinsmann is a “winner” but his coaching resume and playing resume are two quite different things. And the one success on his coaching resume has the caveat that he had Logi Low at his side.

    This post makes the unmentioned assumption that successful players make successful coaches, which any experienced sports fan with more than a couple brain cells knows is hardly a given.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Klinsmann fan, though I think his tactical deficiencies are a concern, especially considering it doesn’t appear that he has someone helping him in that area with the necessary experience or quality.

    But the argument that Klinsmann is a winner “plain-and-simple” and this somehow translates magically to coaching is just stupid.

  3. Dan Haug - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    This post is clearly in response to the overwhelmingly negative press that Klinsi has been getting over the last month. It is hyperbolic… bu no more so than articles going the other way leading up to last night’s match. Klinsi is neither the savior nor the ruin of US soccer. It will be interesting to see how things play out.

  4. tchaikicksky - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Jeez Nick, how much did Klinsmann compensate you to write his press kit? I believe in him and his plan, but that does not mean it will come to fruition because of his accomplished playing career or tenure with other national teams.

  5. footballer4ever - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    …¿”if he fails”?

    That I know of, failure is not an option and not making it to the World Cup will be 10x detrimental to our football growth in the states.

    Klinsmann, don,t mess this one up because simply are no if and buts about the expected goal set in place for you.

  6. pjbowmaster - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    This was almost Paul Gardneresque…….how stupid of us Americans to not realize the pure genius we have been blessed with in Herr Klinsmann. Oh well….I’ll be sure to get the beers in.

  7. wonka44 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    And on this day, with this post, PST officially died

  8. vinceofgooner - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    i think he’s done well with what he’s been given. the u.s. players need to spend time abroad if they want to get better. they won’t get better playing in mls. until most of the team has valuable experience playing in leagues that have international players, the team will either get whomped or get lucky. any u.s. manager being even mildly successful should be considered a victory.
    we’ll get there. it’s going to take a few years, and a total renovation of u.s. soccer policies and procedures, not to mention the mls joining the rest of the world in the way it’s run. but we’ll get there.

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