The US Men’s team match against Mexico started with off with a very positive gesture of players from both teams taking a picture together.
— Pancho Villa's Army (@VillasArmy) November 12, 2016
Then the team proceeded to play a 3-5-2 formation that they had only played once, for a half, a year and a half ago. They broke the string of 2-0 wins over Mexico in Columbus and lost the game 2-1. Howler had an excellent breakdown of why that match showed that Jurgen Klinsmann needs to go.
He then took the national side down to Costa Rica and led one of the worst performances by a men’s national team side since 1957, losing the game 4-0 and, by all accounts, looking terrible.
Pablo Maurer has a nice list of all the dubious distinctions of the the Klinsmann era.
— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) November 16, 2016
Steven Goff, who usually has his pulse on national soccer news, says Bruce Arena is lined up to take over for Klinsmann.
Earlier today, a longtime US contact told me USSF had lined up Arena in case of another loss. Didn't believe it at time, but now … hmmm
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) November 16, 2016
We’ll see if Klinsmann is asked to leave, but fans of USMNT want something to change.
— Midwest Pro Combine (@midwestprosc) November 15, 2016
The Midwest Pro Combine is a well-run combine in Pontiac, Michigan that does a good amount of vetting of the players it invites. A number of Minnesota’s midwest and western rivals will be there and it might be a good place to pick up a player or two to help round on the roster.
This might prove to be a combine more for teams looking to pad out their USL rosters, as many of the players likely will need a couple of years in USL before they are ready to be contributors to a MLS team. Looking at the initial list of players, there are a couple Des Moines Menace players there.
— The Outer Drive (@TheOuterDrive) November 16, 2016
Minnesota United FC has been a bit tight-lipped with their plans for player development and signings, but with the hiring of Amos Magee yesterday, we might see the team start making significant moves to build their roster.
Former Minnesota Stars exec and heart-throb Djorn Buchholz came in and helped right the ship, but unfortunately it looks like even a playoff run won’t be enough to save this franchise, if the rumors are true.
— Global Premier Mgmt (@GlobalPremMgmt) November 15, 2016
— Travis Clark (@travismclark) November 15, 2016
I would seriously consider it. I would appoint you head of a new, worldwide philanthropy division this country so desperately needs. https://t.co/Rj5egHYIde
— Jeb Brovsky (@JebBrovsky) November 14, 2016
He has this writer’s vote for sure.
— Brian Quarstad (@IMSoccerNews) November 16, 2016