Landon Donovan, the USMNT's all-time leading scorer, and fourth-year manager Jurgen Klinsmann have never really gotten along. Klinsmann left Donovan off the 2014 World Cup roster in a controversial move, pretty much forcing the former U.S. captain into international retirement. Now that the former doesn't doesn't have anything better to do and the latter is struggling, Donovan is taking the opportunity exact a bit of revenge.
Ouch. Donovan doesn't appear to be one for mincing his words. But then again, he's not totally wrong. As SB Nation's Kevin McCauley points out, Klinsmann has failed to meet his own expectations, and the 2015 Gold Cup failure was unprecedented for the U.S. But, all of that might not matter.
The Mexico result won't change anything. Klinsmann isn't a good first team head coach. He has failed to reach the goals that he set. He's also not getting fired, nor should he get fired, unless the good Samaritans of the Internet are going to pay his buyout.
Good Samaritans? Those of us who sat in the Georgia Dome and watched Klinsmann's squad resort to a Route 1 nightmare in the waning moments against Jamaica might be willing to pony up some cash.
Kick Off: Dos Santos to miss CONCACAF Cup | Olympic qualifying | MLS Ballon d'Or nominees [MLSSoccer.com]
Shameless plug/brag alert: Among the stories the editorial folks at MLS' official website were talking about on Tuesday was our own Jason Longshore's look at Atlanta's soccer history. If you haven't read it yet, go, rectify that now.
USA U-23s vs. Panama: Final score 4-0, Second half onslaught keeps the U.S. perfect [Stars and Stripes FC]
If the performance of the U-23 squad means anything regarding the future of the national team, the USMNT is in good shape. The U-23s continued their perfect run toward the 2016 Olympic tournament in Rio and clinched full points in their qualifying group. Next up: Mexico or Honduras in the tournament semifinals.
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