What They're Saying: Michael Parkhurst

"I think the tough part for any coach right now is getting players bought back into wearing the U.S. jersey and the pride that comes with that and really eager and wanting to get that call-up rather than, 'Oh, I have to go for the national team for two weeks right now and go on a trip away from home' and stuff like that."

-- Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst on the current state of the U.S. men's national team and what his former coach, Gregg Berhalter, will face. (MLS Rewind)
1 comment about "What They're Saying: Michael Parkhurst".
  1. Bob Ashpole, December 2, 2018 at 11:25 p.m.

    I am not going to disagree that attitude is important, but Parkhurst and Stewart's comments today, both of them, indicate that USSF management and players don't express any desire to improve the technical and tactical aspects of the USMNT's game.

    They are happy if we merely qualify for the finals and get out of group play. They apparently are not upset by the U23s failure to qualify for the Olympics for the last two cycles. 

    Let's review history for a bit. In 2011, USSF replaced Bob Bradley with Jurgen Klinsmann after his team lost in the Gold Cup final to Mexico after blowing a 2 goal lead. The USSF president made the change because he wanted Klinsmann to take the team to the next level of competitiveness. Before that USSF had a ten-year plan to win the World Cup. Ambitious then, but now they don't seem interested any longer in change or improvement.

    If I want to see a winning team, there is still Jill Ellis and the women. I hope that the sense of contentment on the men's side doesn't infect the women's side. 

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