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ROFL, what an absurd statement.

Maybe you mean Klinsmann makes Arena look like a tactical genius?

Chandler sucks, please don't say leaving him out was the problem. Yedlin is better than he is. Klinsmann didn't play McKennie either? Point?

While Johnson has been used as a defender he's not that great at it and he's really an outside MF.

Cameron is better than Gonzalez, absolutely. He's coming back from injury so he may not have been fully fit. The defense also looked decent against Panama, so I understand the desire to keep some continuity in this case.

The players are 90% responsible and Arena is 10% responsible. Gulati is 100% responsible from a different pot of responsibility because he's been overseeing the program for 12 years.

The team has been completely inconsistent throughout qualifying. And it's really been a lack of effort in certain games. They can come out and bust their asses in Azteca against Mexico, but can't be bothered to put that effort in most of the rest of the games in the Hex? That's on the players.

Arena takes some responsibility because he is the manager and the team as a whole underperformed, so the fact that they didn't play harder is partially on him. But mostly, it's on the players. These aren't highschoolers. These are grown-ass men, professionals, who are getting paid to represent their country but give the impression that maybe it's not that important to them. They shouldn't have needed anyone to make them come out playing like their hair was on fire last night.

(In response to this post by CavalierLion)

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 3:44PM


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