To counsel that US Soccer is a byzantine group could be to counsel that they’ve any kind of guidelines and protocols in place. It hardly ever seems like they do, and kind of simply make stuff up as they go, with principally everybody screaming about defending their phony baloney jobs. It’s how Gregg Berhalter can find yourself with the pinnacle teaching job with out them interviewing anybody else, although it’s a extremely wanted submit. It contributes to utterly angering and poisoning the ambiance across the ladies’s staff for years, although they need to be the shining beacon of the entire group. And the man principally accountable for that, Carlos Cordeiro, can find the tires to try to run for president once more!
US Soccer was already being supremely bizarre this month, as Berhalter’s contract ran out and but there had been no announcement that he was shifting on, or that there was an extension, or that anybody had considered both chance. The standard January coaching camp for MLS gamers is across the nook, and but the nationwide staff didn’t have a supervisor. We’d know why now.
Yesterday Berhalter, alongside along with his spouse, released a statement accusing somebody of making an attempt to blackmail him, after which coming clear with the story about what he would have been blackmailed with. Apparently, when each he and his spouse had been youngsters, that they had a drunken argument that ended with Berhalter kicking his spouse within the legs. This is likely one of the many shades of home abuse, and definitely can’t simply be waved off, however additionally it is many years prior to now and clearly he and his spouse have come to phrases with it, moved previous it, and gone on to reside fortunately ever after.
US Soccer went on to launch their own statement, claiming they turned conscious of this story a month in the past after which alluding to “potential inappropriate habits in the direction of a number of members of our employees by people outdoors of our group.” Which may imply something, however clearly Berhalter is on ice for a bit whereas US Soccer completes their investigation of…no matter. It could seem Berhalter tried to go off any blackmail try on the go, and but remains to be frozen out from the job he could or could not wish to maintain onto. However a minimum of he didn’t pay this particular person something. We guess.
Anyway, it’s years earlier than the USMNT has actually something to do this issues, in order that’s loads of time for this all to blow over. It may cloud the air round Berhalter from persevering with, however once more, the lads’s staff gained’t be within the highlight till presumably the summer season of 2024. It’s by no means easy with these guys. At the very least US Soccer is promising complete transparency, and given how the Yates and NWSLPA stories went, they’d higher. However something is feasible with US Soccer, the place folks throw geese at balloons and nothing is the way in which it appears.
Rumors of Jim Harbaugh to the Panthers, NFL swirl
So we’re doing this whole Jim Harbaugh back to the NFL thing again, huh? Perhaps the Panthers were just blown away by Michigan’s completely inability to deal with a QB who could run or their innovative defensive tactic of blitzing heavily while laying off in coverage, creating a bubble of space that TCU threw for 893 yards through.
In the end, Harbaugh has probably taken Michigan as far as it will go, with back-to-back appearances in the playoff. It’s about as good as anyone in Ann Arbor could hope for, though everyone there is certain that anything less than eight national titles in a row is failure. Which is strange as they’ve never won a genuine one.
Harbaugh certainly wins wherever he goes…just enough to break your heart. Which is probably an improvement on where the Panthers are, to be fair.
Rangers’ Chris Kreider tries to be cool, fails
And finally, if cradling the puck off the ice on your stick and then depositing it in the net from behind it is called “The Michigan,” then Chris Kreider introduced the world to “The Indiana” last night: