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CONCACAF suspends Jurgen Klinsmann for Gold Cup final

Jul 26, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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When U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann was ejected by referee Walter Queseda…excuse me, “dismissed”…many initially thought he was automatically suspended for the next match.

CONCACAF originally passed the information to the media that he was indeed suspended, but that turned out to be incorrect. His fate for the final of the Gold Cup would instead be decided by a disciplinary committee.

That committee has decided late Friday to suspend Klinsmann on the grounds that he “threw a ball in a violent manner” during his temper tantrum.

The decision cannot be appealed, meaning Martin Vasquez will coach the Gold Cup final against Panama.

The USMNT has been in this position before. Bruce Arena was dismissed from the 2005 semifinal against Honduras and subsequently missed the final. The Yanks defeated Panama in the final on penalties.

Klinsmann had every right to be furious over the scything tackle of DaMarcus Beasley in the 88th minute, but has nobody to blame but himself for the position he’s put himself and the team in. The USMNT was already into the finals, winning by a scoreline of 3-1, and overreacted given the situation. His captain’s health was a concern, sure, but it was a bit much.

The U.S. coach was apologetic after the match over the incident, and regretted his actions.

“It was just a reaction out of frustration because fouls had added up throughout the last half an hour,” Klinsmann said. “… I just kind of overboiled it. Obviously, you shouldn’t then throw the ball or hit it on the ground. I apologize for that reaction, but it was not meant against the referee, against nobody. It was just frustration because you feel the health of your player [is in jeopardy] in that moment. I apologize for that.”

Hopefully this won’t have a negative affect on the Stars and Stripes come Sunday’s final.

  1. chrish3k - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    It was an over the top reaction, but not an over-reaction given the putridity of the referee.

    • Kyle Bonn - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Pretty much exactly what I was saying. The refereeing was an atrocity.

  2. 8man - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Won’t matter. Just gonna piss off the American side. Instead of being better, they’ll be angry and better.

    USA 3 Panama 1

    • grm35741 - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      I agree. The US will get motivated from this and come out ready to prove the tournament was not a fluke. Look for a fast start( or we may be in trouble.)
      By that I mean a close game keeps the underdog in it and then anything is possible. A conservative, careful start would be the wrong way to go. Look for the coaches to send them out offensive minded knowing if we do make a mistake we can recover. This team can score goals and can make up for a mistake against Panama. I will not worry if we go down a goal and by pushing forward we can make it up and if we push forward the chances are we will win by 3 or more. Get Panama’s head down and it will only get worse for them.

  3. creek0512 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Nobody to blame but himself? How about the diva referee who allowed Honduras do beat the crap out of the US for 88 minutes without a single booking?

  4. joeyt360 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I think Klinsmann pulled a Bobby Cox here. He got himself tossed on purpose, just to make a point.

  5. navyeoddavee9 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    He’ll still make an impact! Cell Phone!

  6. mvktr2 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I guess too much of my american sports football coach cursing and throwing headsets or baseball managers going belly to belly with the umpire comes out. It bothers me that soccer ‘requires’ the coaches to be less than fully animated. I see coaches get sent off for words all the time, it’s quite annoying. The flip side is how the refs allow 2-3-4-6 players to crowd around etc and nothing.

    As for that game the ref was totally awful, disgustingly incompetent. The US was getting hacked very badly and started hitting back …. nothing from the ref. The tackle on Beasley wasn’t that violent but it was totally from behind, the frustration was with everything that had built to that point. The ref was not even calling fouls on yellow card offenses.

    • redwing5 - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      I’m speaking from the standpoint of being a soccer official with over 20 years experience (and one who is reluctant to criticize another), IMO, the center referee in the Honduras match missed numerous opportunities to take control of matters early on. Chavez was deserving of a caution in the first half for persistent infringement. The lunging tackle – studs first – on Eddie Johnson deserved at the minimum a yellow card & an ass chewing, however, in the interest of protecting players and their careers, that tackle endangered the safety of another player and it should have been a send-off. One could make another argument that the A.R. in the Honduras end during the first half needed to be courageous enough to raise the flag for a penalty when there was quite obviously a U.S. player elbowed in the face. The use of elbows – both deliberately and incidentally – has been a point of focus by FIFA for several years now with instructions to officials to crack down on it. For the sake of what is best for the game in CONCACAF, we can only hope this referee crew had an honest and critical debriefing of their performance.

      The Laws of the Game were established for “the enjoyment of the players and spectators” and not for gratifying the over inflated self importance and egos of both referees and coaches. It is part of what separates futbol from most other American sports. Everyone is better served when there is constructive communication rather than “fully animated” and boorish behavior on the part of coaches along with referees who are competent and courageous enough to make tough, but necessary decisions during the match.

  7. mvktr2 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Haven’t seen whom the ref is for the final?

    I hope it’s the Jamaican he’s been steady and fair throughout most of the tournament and beyond.

  8. tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    “Bruce Arena was dismissed from the 2005 semifinal and subsequently missed the final against Honduras. The Yanks defeated Panama in the finals on penalties.” Not sure that makes a whole lot of sense… Missed the final against Honduras, but defeated Panama in the finals.

  9. hildezero - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    This sucks, but I think the US are gonna come out swingin even more. Although I do believe Klinsy overreacted on that call, but what can you say… He was defending his player. That ref sucked too though.

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