What They're Saying: John Koskinen

"It’s disappointing. There’s certainly a lot of debate right now in the soccer community. But we feel a little better now that it happened to Italy, too. You know, in my career, I’ve been around a lot of failure, and my experience is that people often say, oh, we need to start over. It doesn’t usually do any good. The U.S. has been in every World Cup since 1990. The quality of play is light years ahead of where it was. It’s worth thinking hard about what we need to do, but it’s not as if the system is totally broken. This young American kid [Christian] Pulisic is going to rival [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi someday. He’s the best player that’s ever come out of the U.S. system."

-- Retiring IRS commissioner John Koskinen, the former ASL owner and U.S. Soccer Foundation president, on the USA's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Koskinen made his reputation turning around distressed businesses and being brought in to manage government agencies in crisis. (Politico)
3 comments about "What They're Saying: John Koskinen".
  1. Thom Meredith, November 17, 2017 at 8:22 p.m.

    As always John is the voice of reason.

  2. R2 Dad, November 18, 2017 at 11:23 a.m.

    "It doesn’t usually do any good." Wait--he's a turnaround specialist, telling us there is no turning around? I'd like to believe that it's possible to return a business to profitability with proper management and structure/staffing (and he would probably agree). Our cheeto-in-chief is living proof that having some experience in government structure/operations/process is important to maximizing the results of a hidebound system that is often unchangeable, so I can understand there is no turning around governmental agencies (ie IRS) that you can't start over from scratch. I guess I would like to hear more from this guy about the specifics regarding the above phrase, because witih that kind of experience he can probably write a book about it.

  3. Wooden Ships, November 18, 2017 at 11:48 a.m.

    Not sure why I'm commenting on his comments. But, maybe, it has to do with light years ahead (disagree), feel better that Italy has failed (disagree) and that CP will be on par with Messi and CR7 (disagree). Those are two of the best of all time. Qualifying out of CONCACAF is not herculean, are we getting better, sort of. We still are not producing players with a real touch on the ball-eye test alone shows that. 

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