The United States men’s national team flamed out in the Gold Cup semifinals, leaving many fans angry with their side and coach Jurgen Klinsmann after a 2-1 loss on Wednesday in Atlanta.
Jamaica’s first goal came when Darren Mattocks leapt between Klinsmann’s center back pairing of John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado to score, while the States missed numerous first half chances to net a goal.
The second half saw a point blank miss from Aron Johannsson amongst other misses, and Klinsmann seems to think the following:
1) On another day they finish those chances, so he’s not mad at the players.
“The team and fans are disappointed… We lost this game with two set pieces. We had enough chances to put four or five in. We didn’t do that and Jamaica won. Congrats to Jamaica, they performed well. I can’t complain about the performance of the team…We had enough chances.”
2) His center backs were fine.
On regretting playing Alvarado over Gonzalez and Ream. “No not at all. There is no reason to criticize [the CB’s] for the game. The opposite, in fact…They did their job”
Woof. Were they “fine” here, Jurgen?
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I’m not a member of the anti-Klinsmann club, but I’m not a fan of his reaction to this mess and can only imagine how his critics feel. He may be right on the chances — the States controlled the first half and could’ve scored three — but they threw away an important game for their long-term goals.