Soccer | May 26, 2023
The most powerful country in the world, The United States of America. Proud owner of a feared military, $21.40 TRILLION on the GDP scale, and the home of the planet's most successful actors, singers, and athletes. Yet here we are, in 2023, watching this nation fumble another opportunity at actually making an impact in the sport known within U.S. borders as soccer.
Sources tell @FOXSoccer that: -The #USMNT will use mostly, if not entirely, different squads for Nations League finals and Gold Cup. -Interim coach Anthony Hudson will stay through both events (he’s under contract until Aug 1). -No deal is close with Jesse Marsch or anyone else.— Doug McIntyre (@ByDougMcIntyre) May 24, 2023
As an outsider – I'm Irish/English – it's amusing to witness the catastrophe unfold within the USMNT decision-making. However, I know that American soccer fans aren't laughing, as moments, like those we're witnessing, show that this country is still one step behind Europe. That place, you know, that doesn't call football soccer.
Here's a shot in the dark, but if you begin referring to the sport as "football" – because we're kicking the ball with our feet and not running with it – perhaps it'll assist the overall knowledge in knowing how to plan wisely instead of expecting everything to fall into place.
Bad jokes aside, US men's soccer has the best squads it's ever had, with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Sergino Dest, Timothy Weah, Walker Zimmerman, and so on. U.S. fans will glorify specific moments in history where a squad has been noteworthy, but nobody outside the States remembers any of those squads or anything you've done. The team you currently possess, though, well, that's a different story.
And how is the current squad being handled? A team brimming with current and up-and-coming talent ahead of two crucial tournaments that are instrumental in planning for the 2026 World Cup. Well, by looking at the latest soccer rumors, it isn't being handled quite well.
Apparently, leaving Anthony Hudson as a temporary USMNT coach before the Stars and Stripes defend their CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup titles is acceptable. Let me tell you, it's not; where's the fu*king urgency? Finding a long-term manager and gifting him crucial tournament time with the players is imperative and a perfect opportunity to send the most gelled squad into the 2026 World Cup.
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Former Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch was rumored to take over the USMNT. However, he's also headlined soccer news with links to EPL side (for now) Leicester City and already relegated Southampton, two deals that, much like the US job, amounted to nothing. So, who knows where his head is at?
I understand it isn't an overnight decision, but after Gregg flopped the World Cup and nothing positive came from his WC run besides a draw with England in Qatar, managerial replacement should've been at the top of the list.
We're now six months out, and the USMNT is no further forward, but I hope this nonsense will be settled for the fans' sake.