Good. I never felt that he was good for the USMNT (U.S. men’s national team). The two previous coaches, Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley, both did a good job and were fired when they hadn’t lived up to fans’ unrealistic expectations. Klinsmann was supposed to improve us, but instead nothing seemed to change, and there were too many times when he would get into a hole that he’d have to climb out of later on (like the last game I attended against Jamaica in 2012, which we had to win). And now it looks like, after losing two at the beginning of the last phase of World-Cup qualifying, we are in a big hole we will never climb out of.
Incidentally, I’ve seen two games recently in which a team had secure possession of the ball in the last thirty seconds, yet failed to take a shot. This is incomprehensible to me. The first was Arsenal versus Manchester United last Saturday, and neither side had scored as the first half finished up. Arsenal had the ball, yet refused to take a shot, and so the half ended with them in possession forty yards from goal just passing it around. What is wrong with blasting it in and hoping for an error on the other team’s part? It is of course possible that the game will go a little longer than the announced added time, and then there will be a turnover that will give the opposition a chance. But that usually happens when there is an injury or a substitution or something similar, and there had been nothing like that. So, take a shot and hope for the best.
The other game happened today between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach. I watched the last half hour of this game, and Manchester City dominated. In the last minute, their defenders simply passed the ball among themselves in their own half, while the opposition held back and contented themselves with preventing them from dribbling forward. This game was tied 1-1, and City could have sent a long ball into the penalty area in hopes of an opposition mistake, but they just let the clock run out. Again, that seems rather stupid, though I understand it was by design.