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Further information on Jurgen Klinsmann’s suspension

Jul 27, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT


Just filling in some blanks here on Jurgen Klinsmann’s suspension for Sunday, when the U.S. manager must vacate his usual post on the sidelines due to his outburst late in Wednesday’s semifinals.

I have put in calls to the U.S. staff in Chicago, seeking clarification on what, exactly, a coaching suspension means. (Check back; I will update ASAP with the answers.)

These look different across various leagues and tournament. Sometimes managers may be in the stands, but other times they are restricted to the suite areas. Also in question, whether the U.S. manager may be in the locker room before Sunday’s contest and during halftime.

Also, there will be questions about whether Klinsmann may be in communication with the bench during Sunday’s match at Soldier Field.

Presumably, top assistant Martin Vasquez will run the match in Klinsmann’s absence. (Update: Klinsmann said Saturday that Vasquez Andi Herzog will share in-game responsibilities.)

We do have some details to share about the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee that made Friday’s decision. Here is the full list of committee members:

Chairman: Alfredo Hawit (Honduras); Vice Chair: Ariel Alvarado (Panama); Members: David Sabir (Bermuda), Peter Campbell (Cayman Islands), Luis Hernandez (Cuba), Carlos Mendez (El Salvador), Jose Ernesto Mejia (Honduras), Enrique Bonilla (Mexico), Rolando Lopez (Nicaragua), Lincoln Sutherland (Jamaica) and Mike Edwards (United States).

There is truly some unfortunate circumstance going on here for the United States. Because the committee is chaired by a man whose team was eliminated Wednesday during the match in question. And it is vice-chaired by a man from the country the United States will meet on Sunday.

Bummer! Talk about the bad luck.

Oh, don’t forget that Klinsmann was ordered off the sidelines by a referee from the country, Costa Rica, that is pretty hacked off at the United States – and probably will be for some time. Or, have we already forgotten about that surreal Snow Clasico?

  1. rhaaland - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Waiting to see how long the Costa Rican ref will be suspended for letting two footed studs up tackles go unpunished, and for failing to give a foul of any sort when Stu Holden took a flying elbow to the face in the penalty area. Have a feeling I’ll be waiting a while. CONCACAF refs are unfortunately by and large a massive joke.

  2. mvktr2 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Generally I give professionals the benefit of the doubt unless money and power are involved …

    errrr oh never mind.

  3. greej1938l - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Good article Steve…..i agree…waiting to hear on refs suspension…as a coach…i would have reacted in somewhat the same context

  4. mkbryant3 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I guess I see this whole kerfuffle as a bunch of meh. Does a coach on the sidelines really matter that much? Also, this gives Vasquez some experience in this situation if it ever happens again.

    Maybe I’ll have to catch a replay. But, although the ref was pretty lousy, that tackle on Beasley that set off JK didn’t seem that bad. Beasley was already falling down and lost the ball before the foul.

  5. greej1938l - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    it wasnt just that beasley tackle they were gunning for our guys the last 20 mins…. you had to have seen that atleast issure warnings

  6. takethelongview - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Conspiracy theories are delightful methods to generate conversation but the action/reaction here is more or less automatic. Not as much fun to rail against, I grant, especially when the referee was genuinely bad. Nevertheless…

    The laws of soccer treat kicking or throwing an object alike, as we have seen twice in MLS this year. Whether it was aimed deliberately at someone (juninho of NY) or not (Sapong), the ejection is automatic. Klinsmann didn’t hit anyone, but I don’t think the law requires it.

    In baseball, a manager who slams his cap into the ground to protest a call is automatically ejected. It matters not a whit if the manager’s outrage is correctly placed, either in that play or in some cumulative sense for the whole game. Kinsman s act expressed essentially the same sentiment and produced the same result: non discretionary expulsion. Unlike baseball, soccer tacks a second game onto the immediate expulsion. So his ban Sunday may also be interpreted without analyzing anyone’s national origin.

    But wha fun would that be?

  7. hildezero - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Why does the CONCACAF want to get better when they’re doing dumb things like this?

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