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CONCACAF officials: decision on Jurgen Klinsmann to come

Jul 24, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT


ARLINGTON, Texas – A decision from the CONCACAF Gold Cup disciplinary committee will be forthcoming in 24-48 hours on Jurgen Klinsmann, who may have to miss Sunday’s Gold Cup final in Chicago. That’s according to Jurgen Mainka, chief CONCACAF media officer.

Klinsmann slammed a ball to the turf in the 87th minute as he became frustrated toward the end of Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal at Cowboys Stadium. Costa Rican referee Walter Quesada immediately ordered the U.S. manager to leave.

In recent years referees have stopped actually showing red cards to coaches on the sideline. Rather, protocol says that referees simply instruct any sideline personnel to leave the field.

So it’s not like a red card in this way; official red card display would carry an automatic suspension.

If Klinsmann is suspended, he will likely be restricted to the stands or to the suite areas rather than the manager’s usual spot on the bench.

Klinsmann said he was not angry at anyone, just frustrated at the lack of protection for his players as the match became physical toward the end.

  1. chrish3k - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    I’d almost prefer him to not be suspended to amplify the level to which this referee permitted the Honduran players to stoop.

    All credit to the USA players for not retaliating (futily).

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:32 AM

      Quesada disgraced himself and CONCACAF – kudos to Klinsi for shining the spotlight on Quesada’s corruption.

      Honduras earned 7 yellows and 2 reds and committed a number of late fouls which rose to the level of “sociopathic.” Throughout the game they were progressively emboldened by Quesada’s unwillingness to do his job and climbed the ladder on physicality.

  2. hildezero - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    I hope he can be available in the final.

  3. kingarthur900 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Just as the US is trying to raise the quality of its game, so too should we expect better from our regional competitors. It’s time to stop accepting ‘thug ball’ from CONCACAF opponents with a shrug and “Oh well, that’s what we expect from” Honduras, El Sal, Panama, etc. We get what we expect. We get what we allow. Let’s start calling teams and players out. Lets call Sunday’s El Sal fans no-class punks for throwing crap at the players on the field. Let’s call Honduras’ tactics cheap shot thuggery, and put pressure on their federation to stop it. And let’s all own unicorns that fart rainbows.

  4. schoolitzamna - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Are the refs corrupt or inept? concacaf refs are an embarrassment to soccer and a shame to our region. Why these same refs keep getting oppurtunities to prove what an absolute joke they are is telling. Obviously Concacaf wants the USA to lose. Playing a game in maryland where el salvadoreans are plentiful and even having one of those refs actually be el salvadorean is laughable. Choosing stadiums where grass is layed on top of concrete when there are hundreds of real pitches leaves me scratching my head. The fans throwing things at players is what concacaf likes because thats what they are, a bunch of thugs who should never be part of any soccer match. Klinnsman at least did what a coach should do in trying to protect his players.

    • CaliforniaRedskins - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:17 AM

      “Obviously Concacaf wants the USA to lose”

      Actually, all CONCACAF cares about is making the most possible money they can on this tournament and they have said as much. That’s why the tournament is held in the US every year. That’s why the El Sal game was held in Baltimore. That’s why less than suitable fields are used in this tournament. CONCACAF is trying to generate the most possible revenue at the least expense. And they should. I know a lot of people complain about these issues and the fact that the tournament is held every 2 years vs every 4 years, but it is necessary to do so in a region where a lot of nations are not flush with cash and the region cannot charge high fees for their events like in Europe. It may be bad from a competition standpoint, but it would be worse if CONCACAF was insolvent.

      • bennyboo - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        I agree it’s about money, but the game in Baltimore was decided on before the tournament began. ES qualified for that game according to standards that were already established. It’s not like CONCACAF just decided to put the game there after they found out ES was playing.

      • adiaz9201 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        FIFA wants the US to be good, it is in the best interest of the whole world for the US to be competitive and at times dominant if they can specially in this conference they play in, its weak except for Mexico. I do agree the refs are horrible, that penalty against El Salvador when we were up 2-0 was suspicious, like the refs conspire against the Americans. That worries me a lot for future mathces, i dont trust the refs, i dont like that they are form the area, it should refs from Europe heck even Africa.

  5. seanb20124 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Most concacaf soccer is poor quality, and it bringing USA and mx down

    • mikeevergreen - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      In this case it brought Panama up. CONCACAF is getting better, and MLS is to credit for it.

    • adiaz9201 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:36 AM


  6. wyrm1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    The whole thing made me appreciate MLS referees a little more. That game was MLS circa 1998, and at least our national league is slowly moving past that kind of thuggish play.

  7. mkbryant3 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I too thought the ref was poor. I counted at least 2.5 legit penalties. The forearm shiver to Holden’s jaw. The kick to EJ’s shin that dispossessed him. And the 1/2 was the push in the back to Wondo as he was driving toward the endline.

  8. charliej11 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I posted this over at SBI too.

    I think all the complaining really comes off as whining.
    CONCACAF is fine, it is hard to manage a game between a very poor country and the richest in the world, especially when the pool country has a shot of winning.

    The fields are going to stink sometimes. It shouldn’t just be the rich ( and US soccer is poor in some areas ), that get to watch the World’s Game.

    Get over it.

    • mlsconvert88888 - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      I didn’t post this on any other blogs.

      I think you comment really comes off as stupid.
      What does the economic disparity between two countries matter when trying to officiate a soccer game between them? And why is it especially difficult if a poorer country is competitive? Should a ref be thinking in the middle of a game, “Man, that was a rough foul, but hey, the GDP sucks in his country so it’s understandable.”?

      Jurgen Klinsmann’s job is being responsible for the play of the USMNT, and so if a team that is about to get bounced from a tournament is endangering the health of his players with their thuggish play, it’s his job not to be “over it”.

      Get a clue.

    • forked - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      Wow. You posted that once elsewhere, had time to think about it and decided it was a good idea to repeat it?

      That was a ridiculous piece of class warfare garbage. I don’t care which country is acting like thugs (even if its ours) or which country has more money than which other country, the product on the field ought to be the primary concern and the ref should be calling the game accordingly.

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