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History repeats itself
by Paul Kennedy, July 27th, 2013 6:51PM

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[USA-PANAMA] History repeats as the USA will face Panama Sunday for the Gold Cup title in Chicago without its head coach. Just like in 2005 when U.S. coach Bruce Arena had to sat in the stands for the USA-Panama final after being tossed in the semifinal against Honduras, Jurgen Klinsmann was handed a one-game touchline ban after being tossed by Costa Rican referee in Wednesday's semifinal against Honduras.

Klinsmann was ejected from the technical area late in the match against the Catrachos for what Concacaf stated was "showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner."

Klinsmann apologized for getting upset after a series of non-calls by Costa Rica referee Walter Quesada on fouls Honduran players committed on American players. As for his suspension, he said, "It is what it is."

Klinsmann assistants Martin Vasquez and Andreas Herzog would be co-coaches and share responsibilities on the sidelines Sunday.

According to FIFA disciplinary rules, Klinsmann will be allowed to sit in the stands but not allowed in the U.S. locker room.

The FIFA disciplinary rules 18.3 do state:

"An official who has been sent off may give instructions to the person replacing him on the substitutes’ bench. He shall, however, ensure that he does not disturb the spectators or disrupt the flow of play."

In 2005, the late Glenn Myernick served as coach while Arena watched in the stands as the USA beat Panama in a shootout for the third of its four Gold Cup championships.

The USA is riding a 10-game winning streak -- the longest in its history -- and has scored 19 goals in five Gold Cup wins.

Klinsmann has changed the U.S. lineup every game. The three big decisions he will have to make before heading to the stands:

-- Clarence Goodson or Omar Gonzalez besides Matt Besler in the middle of the backline? Gonzalez, one of four call-ups for the knockout phase, was called in for the semifinals after being allowed to skip the quarterfinal match against El Salvador but to just about everyone's surprise did not start. Goodson responded with key passes on two of the three U.S. goals in the 3-1 win over Honduras in the semifinals.

-- Mix Diskerud or Stuart Holden in central midfield with Kyle Beckerman? Diskerud started the quarterfinal and scored the fifth goal; Holden started the semifinal against Honduras. The likely starter: Diskerud.

-- Joe Corona or Alejandro Bedoya at right midfield? Corona started -- and scored -- against El Salvador. Bedoya got the nod -- and assisted on both Landon Donovan goals -- against Honduras. Corona, who had started three of the first four games, has the edge.

The other change from the quarterfinals was to start Eddie Johnson, another of the knockout phase call-ups, over Chris Wondolowski. Klinsmann will surely stick with Johnson, who has looked very dangerous in his two outings, while Wondo cooled off after opening with five goals in his first two games.

Gold Cup Champions:
YEAR FINAL
1991: USA 0 Honduras 0
(USA wins in shootout)
1993: Mexico 4 USA 0
1996: Mexico 2 Brazil 0
1998: Mexico 1 USA 0
2000: Canada 2 Colombia 0
2002: USA 2 Costa Rica 0
2003: Mexico 1 Brazil 0 (OT)
2005: USA 0 Panama 0
(USA wins in a shootout)
2007: USA 2 Mexico 1
2009: Mexico 5 USA 0
2011: Mexico 4 USA 2


6 comments
  1. Kent James
    commented on: July 28, 2013 at 10:09 a.m.
    The article neglected to comment on one salient issue; is Klinsmann allowed to be in communication with the coaches on the bench? If he is, the suspension is not a big deal. Also, if the referee ejected him only for slamming the ball down, that's pretty harsh. When a player does that, they are cautioned, not ejected.

  1. Ginger Peeler
    commented on: July 28, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.
    I'm pretty sure no communication will be allowed during the game. Otherwise there's no point in being suspended. The rules were written before we had cellphones. The referee called a terrible game and I hope his performance is carefully scrutinized by the powers that be. Some of the refs in the English leagues are known for non calls during harsh play, but they could take lessons from the Costa Rica ref who let the Hondurans hammer the US...and turned a blind eye to it all. Reprehensible!!!

  1. Todd Logan
    commented on: July 28, 2013 at 11:19 a.m.
    When a coach gets ejected they can not communicate in any fashion with there team during the game a right before the game.

  1. Brian Bouhl
    commented on: July 28, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.
    Did you all read the article? The FIFA rule on communication from a suspended coach is right there. Try again.

  1. Stephanie Argast
    commented on: July 28, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.
    The FIFA disciplinary rules 18.3 do state: "An official who has been sent off may give instructions to the person replacing him on the substitutes’ bench. He shall, however, ensure that he does not disturb the spectators or disrupt the flow of play."

  1. Kent James
    commented on: July 30, 2013 at 7:04 a.m.
    Since the rule says the coach "may give instructions to the person replacing him on the substitution's bench" it seems that the coach can be in communication with the bench, which I find surprising (college soccer is very clear about communication from an ejected coach not being allowed). Being on a cell phone in a skybox would not "disturb spectators or disrupt the flow of play", so the rule certainly leaves the possibility open. If the ejected coach can tell the bench who to sub and when, it significantly reduces the impact of the penalty.


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