Jurgen Klinsmann says the United States has no chance of winning the World Cup
Soccer, USA, World Cup

Of course the US won't win the World Cup, but should the head coach be the one to say it?

6/12/14 in Soccer   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

May 27, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Azerbaijan head coach Berti Vogts and United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann walk onto the field before the game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsAnyone with half a brain and a little bit of soccer knowledge knows that the United States has pretty much zero chance of winning the 2014 World Cup in Rio.

United States Mens National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann knows it too, and he said exactly that to the media in an interview.

There are several schools of thought regarding what Klinsmann said. Some think that he's just being realistic, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Of course he's being realistic. There's really no doubt about that. The United States has never been a legitimate world soccer power, and the odds of the Americans even getting out of their group, never mind win the entire tournament, are rather slim.

But should the coach be the one who says that? The experts and pundits will be saying it already, and the United States is already in the "group of death," meaning the odds are stacked against them to begin with.

Klinsmann's job is to get the most out of his players. Is this the best way to do it? Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports disagrees with the negative reinforcement tactics, and he's not alone.

The funny thing is that most Americans, in their lovely soccer ignorance, actually think the US has a chance to win the World Cup. In a recent survey, here's the teams picked to win the World Cup by each country. Basically, everyone thinks Brazil is going to win, except for a few countries like Spain and Argentina... and the United States. Funny one, guys.

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6/16/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Hard to know if this was calculated by Jurgen or just a moment of honesty.  It's a no win situation for the coach or anyone associated with a team that has next to no shot to win.  If he tells the truth he is ripped for not being positive.  If he says they can win, he is ripped for not being realistic.  It's just a path the coach should not even publicly take.

6/12/14   |   Scott   |   52695 respect

I get Klinsmann maybe wanting to try and lower expectations for US fans but tell me how many fans of teams want to hear their head coach tell the world they have zero shot of winning.  That would be like Jeff Fisher telling us Rams fans that we have zero shot to win the Super Bowl this season.  He may be right but as a Ram fan, I certainly don't want my coach to throw in the towel before the season even begins