Thursday, December 30, 2004

 

Management being short-sighted (as usual)

US Soccer is playing hardball with the players on the US Men's National Team. And at the most inappropriate time imaginable: right before the USA starts the final round of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup.

US Soccer is not rich, although it's not poor either. I'm not taking sides here (although I usually side with the players in any dispute with management). I don't know whose figures are accurate. Nor do I care.

What I care about is the USA fucking qualifying for Germany '06. That's the only thing I care about when it comes to US Soccer and the US Men's National Team. I can't believe that US Soccer is trying to squeeze the players this close to the first game of the "hexagonal" (the final qualifying round for the USA's region, involving six teams: the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, and Guatemala - the USA's first game is Feb. 9 in Trinidad).

However much it will cost US Soccer to give the players whatever they're asking for, it's a tiny fraction of what it will end up costing them if the US doesn't qualify for Germany. If they can't figure that out - or if they can but they're still willing to take the risk - then they have no business being in charge. Even if they are absolutely convinced that they are 100% right and the players are 100% wrong - even if they are absolutely convinced that the entire financial security of US Soccer for its entire future from now until forever utterly rides on their not giving the players what they're asking for - too fucking bad. They cannot possibly risk using untried players, those not already in the so-called "pool" (anyone in the pool is a member of the union and will not play if the union doesn't approve it), even in the first game (there are only 10 in the final round, and the US must do all it can to get points in all of them.)

US Soccer has to accept that its only responsibility at this point is getting the best possible US team on the field in Port-of-Spain on Feb. 9. That means doing whatever it must to settle with the players. If anything goes wrong, if the unthinkable happens and our best players aren't out there, and the impasse goes on and the USA somehow does not qualify for Germany '06 (we have been in every World Cup since 1990 and did damn well in South Korea in '02), the fans may be angry at the players - but we will never forgive US Soccer. They think they have financial concerns now? Fuck up our qualifying for 2006 - see what happens then.
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Whatever, it double posted, and then deleted both. Anyway I basically said "Right on man!" and "Pay 'em" and "Sam's Army wants World Cup".
 
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