Jurgen Klinsmann is pretty good at his job; Clint Dempsey might need to start looking for a new one
I watched USMNT win its ninth consecutive match against El Salvador last night, and it was pretty awesome. For the US’s B-squad, this team as presently constituted has steamrolled everything and everyone in its path, Costa Rica possibly excluded, since Gold Cup play started (and just before, if you count the Guatemala friendly). While coach Jurgen Klinsmann was under attack from media and fans alike during the early stages of the World Cup Qualifying hexagonal tournament for CONCACAF, he’s done nothing short of turning a dull, uncreative, just-trying-to-get-out-alive team into one of the most entertaining squads I’ve ever seen play in the stars and stripes. The Gold Cup squad dominates possession, is uber dangerous in set pieces, and defends very well. Granted, the competition may not be on the same level as Europe, South America, or Africa, but the complete change in dynamics from about a year ago on this squad has been awesome to watch. While the players obviously deserve praise and credit for the turnaround, Klinsmann has more than earned his fair share of the same for what the team has become: dangerous, dominating, and most importantly, fun to watch.
Clint’s gonna need a new club: Don’t look now, but Tottenham Hotspur has been buying up quality midfield and wing attackers this entire summer transfer window: Paulinho, Chadli, and somebody else I’m forgetting. All that plus Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe, and Emmanuel Adebayor makes for a crowded front line in what I assume will be manager Andre Villas-Boas’s preferred 4-3-3 formation. Dempsey is a proven goal scorer and does pretty well cutting in from the left side, but if Spurs finally sign that striker they’ve been looking for, then Deuce will probably be on the outside looking in. Clint’s a great competitor, by all accounts, and he’s a big reason why I started following Spurs, but it doesn’t look like he’s gonna have a place in the 23 man roster with all the new players arriving at White Hart Lane these days. I hope he proves me wrong, but, at this point, his best move may be to another club where he’s got the chance to play more regularly in anticipation of the World Cup next summer. While I hope everything works out, everything to this point directs me to think he’ll either be on the bench or out of Spurs altogether this next year. :(