’Unrealistic’ for US to win World Cup? Klinsmann can’t be from around here
In Jurgen Klinsmann’s defense, he’s not from around here. To his credit, he knows it. That’s why his latest mealy-mouthed commentary about the US men’s soccer team, as it enters a World Cup it apparently can’t win, was followed by the following disclaimer:
“If it is American or not,” Klinsmann said this week, “you can correct me.”
Don’t need your permission to correct you, Jurgen. See, here in America, we don’t ask or even need permission to be bold, blunt, aggressive. Another thing we don’t do: We don’t apologize for losing before the game even starts. In America we don’t, or we didn’t, say what Jurgen Klinsmann said this week about the 2014 World Cup:
“For us now talking about winning a World Cup,” he said, “it is just not realistic.”
Put that in bronze and mount it outside the US Soccer Federation office in Chicago. Florida football has “The Promise” by Tim Tebow. US soccer can have “The Surrender” by Jurgen Klinsmann.
For us now talking about winning a World Cup, it is just not realistic.
There will be American fans at the World Cup in Brazil this week, enough for every one of them to paint a letter on his or her white T-shirt and spell out that memorable bit of pep-talkery from Jurgen Klinsmann:
Winning: it is just not realistic.