Klinsmann's power struggle at U.S. Soccer; Kreis out at NYCFC? - Planet Futbol - SI.com: There is so much to break down in this article from Grant Wahl, and none of it paints the respective teams in a good light.
Jurgen Klinsmann's service as technical director and coach has been a rallying point for his supporters, saying that he should not be judged on USMNT results alone. However, apparently Jay Berhalter, the chief commercial officer of US Soccer, has been basically serving as technical director for the past year, and even called an "important meeting" that Klinsmann did not attend. In a vacuum, maybe Berhalter could be an appropriate technical director, but the optics of the chief commercial officer running soccer duties all while Klinsmann is trying to hang his hat on reforming the whole system is maddening.
Hilariously, Klinsmann last night tweeted out a link to a piece praising his service as technical director:
Hey Wendy, appreciate the article. A lot of true facts! You have a sense for the bigger picture ! https://t.co/9JDpB2zVVQ— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) October 22, 2015
In part 2, Klinsmann apparently fired the USMNT's head trainer for her role in handling Alejandro Bedoya's illness during the Concacaf Cup. I'm not sure how much Sue Falsone, the head trainer, could do about an illness, and this looks like another case of Jurgen throwing someone under the bus.
And finally, it looks like Jason Kreis could be fired from NYCFC and replaced by Patrick Vieira, whose coaching experience is only at the developmental level. If true, Kreis would have been waiting to become NYCFC coach longer than he actually was NYCFC coach.
Source: Alex Morgan going to Orlando in blockbuster NWSL trade - Planet Futbol - SI.com: But that wasn't even the only bombshell yesterday! Orlando Pride is the newest member of the NWSL, and they joined in 2016 because they had the opportunity to trade for Alex Morgan. Morgan and Kaylyn Kyle will go to Florida, while the first pick in the draft, two international spots, USWNT fullback Meghan Klingenberg, and possibly PSG's Lindsey Horan (if she comes to NWSL) will all go to Portland.
D.C. United to face Queretaro FC of Liga MX in CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals - Black And Red United: And, we found out last night who D.C. United's opponent will be in the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League. Unlike last year, there is no avoiding Mexico: United will face off against Queretaro FC in late February or early March next year.
Is DC Uniteds Bennyball coming good in time for the playoffs - ESPN FC: Graham Parker interviews some United fans and talks about how Bennyball, against all odds, continues to just win.
That's enough news for now: what's up?