Gulati assigns significance to third place game: “Part of the overall assessment”

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Cosmos

USMNT captain Michael Bradley didn’t know how to feel about playing Saturday’s third place game in the Copa America Centenario, or what such games should even mean to a team.

His boss, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati, said it means a great deal. Gulati found lots to like from the team’s Copa America, but stopped short of calling it a success.

[ MORE: USMNT loss, the morning after ]

In a post from on Gulati’s post-match comments after the U.S. was blasted 4-0 by Argentina in a Copa America Centenario semifinal on Tuesday, the president assessed the mixed bag from the Yanks’ five-game run:

“We don’t base decisions on one game, whether it’s today or one win against Ecuador,” Gulati said. “We look at all of this and we’ll do that after the tournament is over and assess where we are and how we’ve done. Obviously the three consecutive wins was good. Today and the Colombia game were less good.

“The semifinals are the teams that are ranked 1, 3, 5 and 31 in the world. We’re still going to play a top-five team on Saturday — let’s make that part of the overall assessment.”

Is Jurgen Klinsmann in trouble after Saturday with a loss? And if a federation is anywhere near a “one game” decision, is Klinsmann’s ouster inevitable? Given the critical World Cup qualifiers coming up later this summer, the decision better be taken wisely.