The screams for Jürgen Klinsmann’s head have been drowned out by a collective sigh of relief – for now.
Millions of American spent an uneasy Easter weekend stewing over the uncomfortable reality that the USA could miss the World Cup in Russia.
The thought made me literally sick.
It would be as bad – worse maybe – than the Seahawks not giving the ball to ‘Shawn on the 1 at the end of the Super Bowl against the Patriots, and that memory’s been relegated to a deep, dark recess of the mind that we don’t access or speak of.
To lose both legs of the qualifier to Guatemala would have brought shame to the USA.
Real, palpable, suffocating shame.
Thankfully, that’s not a reality we have to entertain.
But questions about Jürgen and his future with the national team still remain.
After all, the man did put his house up for sale a few days ago – usually not an indicator someone is planning to stick around. For $2.4 million, it can be yours.
One win does not erase the cacophony of doubt surrounding him.
Even quasi-pariah/national hero Landon Donovan (sensing weakness) recently spoke out about Klinsmann.
“THE SENSE I GET, AND I TALK TO A LOT OF THE PLAYERS, IS THAT THERE’S NO CONFIDENCE BECAUSE THERE’S NO STABILITY.”
Donovan has been quiet in his criticism of Jürgen Klinsmann since his snub from the World Cup roster in Brazil.
However, sensing Klinsmann was on the ropes as coach of the USMNT, even mild-mannered Landon Donovan couldn’t help himself.
“IF YOU CAN’T BEAT GUATEMALA AT HOME IN A WORLD CUP QUALIFIER, THEN YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T BE THE COACH. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.”
Much to the chagrin of the increasingly vocal anti-Klinsmann, camp, it appears that the German coach has been granted a stay of execution.
But he shouldn’t start resting on his laurels just yet.
The USMNT’s dominant 4-0 win in Columbus over Guatemala maybe have gotten him off death row, but he’s certainly not out of the dog house.
Those bad losses to Mexico and Jamaica in 2015, coupled with the 2-0 defeat down in Guatemala city will be difficult, if not impossible for Klinsmann to expunge from his record.
He’s in the system as a documented offender.
While the U.S. doesn’t go through coaches like Mexico or Brazil, who may see three managers in the span of a month during hard times, he could be on the chopping block if his team does not perform at the Copa America.
So Jürgen, go ahead an exhale, but not too deeply.