“The players don’t control any of the consequences that happen, that are enforced by U.S. Soccer. So, it’s a bummer that happened to one of my teammates, but at the same time I
don’t agree with the things that she said in the Olympics."
-- Alex Morgan
on the six-month suspension of longtime U.S. teammate Hope Solo
for remarks made after the
USA's loss to Sweden at the Olympics. (Orlando Sentinel
Did Klinsman get a suspension for saying his team should step on more feet? Double standard? She called out Sweden for playing illegal soccer where they pack the box and step on toes. If the referees get punished for enforcing the rules and issuing cards then cheaters win. If the referees give the cards then the cheaters say that the ref won the game and changed the match.
What did you just say, Mr. Brian Quesinberry? That Sweden "playing illegal soccer...(sic)" (after almost 50 years of being involved in our jogo bonito, I've never heard of "illegal soccer"!!!) This is obviously (BQ's) a toungue-in-cheek comment.... at least I hope so!!!
Howard Wilkinson, late English premier league manager, after Euro 2004, referred to the catenaccio style of play as cowardly and weak. But somehow managed to avoid suspension. I was a college soccer coach in the USA, with a team of mostly Central and South Americans; I attempted to play a catenaccio defense one game, and the players refused. "We're not cowards." they said.
As others have said the timing of the firing is interesting. Mr. Gulati is more of a risk taker than I would have expected.