Saturday, July 01, 2006

Sunil Gulati stands up for Arena; US might join Copa America

US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati has stood up for coach Bruce Arena saying that the criticism of him is unfair.

"I think it's fine to criticize the results of the team and the performance — that's part of sports and Bruce is the head of the team, that goes with the territory — but to challenge his experience, his ability, his know-how, his decision making is, just to me, not credible given his record over the last eight years with our team and his record in general. He didn't become a bad coach in two weeks."

With all the questions circulating about the future of the Bruce, Gulati said that they might move their decision on his staying up to earlier than mid-July in order to resolve the issue.

However, the bigger news could be that the Gulati has suggested that the US might enter the Copa America next summer. The Copa starts just a few days after the Gold Cup finishes. The Copa would allow the team to play some of the best teams in the world and it would be foolish of them to turn it down.



Anonymous R.S. said...

Hello! I'm a fellow football player/fan coming from Susan's (soccerorb) space. I have to admit that I was one of those to criticize Arena (especially after the Ghana match). But that was useless venting, which has now passed. I just got upset at the fact that we played one forward with no real support. Arena has built the US team into a very good one though.

And about the England match, I haven't figured out why Rooney snapped at Cristiano Ronaldo and pushed him. Or why England's coach pulled Lennon in the last moments of the last period of extra time. I personally thought that Lennon was the only real bright spot who lit a fire for England. I just think England was little too Beckham-reliant.

Have a good 4th of July and week!!

R.S. :-D

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