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Lack of adrenaline doomed Gullit in Los Angeles

  • AP , Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:30 PM
It's an odd coincidence that Ruud Gullit blamed disinterest for his short, unhappy tenure at MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy in 2008, yet the former Dutch great will be working for ESPN at the World Cup. An even more bizarre coincidence: Gullit will be paired with his Galaxy boss, Alexi Lalas.

In an interview at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., Gullit said he wasn't cut out for the Galaxy head coaching job: "In LA, nobody is talking about football. No television stations. You see it nowhere. It's difficult to swallow because you need that adrenaline to pump yourself up. If nobody talks about it, it's almost like an enigma."

Gullit lasted 19 games, winning just six of them. He said it will take several generations for soccer to take hold in the United States. "When USA is playing at home, they don't play at home. It's unbelievable," he said. "Certain people don't want to acknowledge it so much because everybody wants to protect the American sports, and I can understand that. But everybody knows football is coming. Everybody plays it everywhere. I think it will be two generations -- then people will get used to it, understand the game more. This generation still doesn't understand it."

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