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Not-So-Sweet Seventeen

Those of you who have been closely following the U.S. under-17 coaching saga here on the Insider the past week will be interested to know that, in addition to his role in the new academy system, dismissed u-17 head coach John Hackworth has been named a senior national team assistant. Click here for the official details from the USSF.

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2007; 12:41 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Only out of the cesspool that is Soccer House could someone get fired for poor performance and receive a promotion at the same time.

Posted by: Paul | October 24, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Like any coaching circle, once you're in, you're in.

Posted by: RK | October 24, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad I'm not the only soul troubled by the USSF's perpetual cronyism.

Posted by: Elliott | October 24, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

unbelievabel recycling of ssdd

Posted by: jm | October 24, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Amazing to me. just utterly amazing.

get fired and rehired with a promotion.

no wonder most of us support of ancestory's national team

Posted by: vasco | October 24, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Tantamount to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

The USSF is utterly incompetent.

No wonder our talent pool is shallow.

Posted by: bristol | October 24, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Dont we all wish we could get a job where you get fired....then get an automatic promotion.....only in the world of US Soccer does this stupidity take hold.

Posted by: Greg Ryan | October 24, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

So much for the "shake-up".
More like a "shuffle".

Posted by: yankiboy | October 24, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Has Hackworth ever coached a club or achieved anything significant in his career?

Posted by: * | October 24, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

So, Steve, whatever happened to Sunil's search for a national technical director? Wouldn't the developmental academy come under that person's purview?

By the time of that selection all of the fired coaches will have been recycled.

Thankfully MLS teams and cognoscenti like Brad are starting their own academies.

Of course, that's no guarantee that the USSF will select those not grown in their own house.

Posted by: seahawkdad | October 24, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

As a serious question, is there anything that angry soccer fans around country could do to change the way that USSF operates? Or does that depend entirely upon its financial backers?

Posted by: adam c. | October 24, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Gulati's remarks this week about Ryan indicated he is also considering the acadmey system for the girls side. Hopefully Ryan won't be in charge of that.

Posted by: WNT Fan | October 24, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Steve, I must not understand what the USSF developmental academy is with which Hackworth is now associated. Is it not to develop US elite level players?

If so, and if, from your chat, your guess is correct...

"In his mind [Sunil's] (I'm guessing), Hackworth was not developing enough high-quality young players at the residency program in Bradenton." would indicate that the inmates are still running the USSF asylum.

Posted by: seahawkdad | October 24, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

what? morons. a bunch of self-serving morons.

Posted by: zj | October 24, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Must be nepotism

Posted by: Shatz / DCUMD | October 24, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"Dont we all wish we could get a job where you get fired....then get an automatic promotion.....only in the world of US Soccer does this stupidity take hold."

Actually, I believe the federal government is the only place truly legendary for promoting people to get them out of the way. The USSF is a lean, mean, well-oiled machine in comparison.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | October 24, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Here's what the USSF should do:

1) Fire US coaches at every level that has MLS or US experience.

2) Bring in a slew of European coaches who have managed teams at the highest level possible (EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Champions League).

3) Never let Onyewu, Eddie Johnson, Twellman, Donovan, or Eddie Lewis dress in a US national team jersey again.

4) Spend more money on scouting American-born players (how on earth did we let New Mexico native Nery Castillo slip through the US system and play for Mexico?)

5) Create several dozen academies like Bradenton but actually coached by people who know soccer

Posted by: real bethesda | October 24, 2007 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Smith, the film director, remarked in a story once that people in Hollywood just sort of "fail upwards." Mr. Hackworth, Mr. Gulati is ready to shoot your closeup!

Posted by: Grotus | October 25, 2007 7:56 AM | Report abuse

one man's trash is another's treasure...

this is really sad.

at least wait a week before you give him the new job.

Posted by: rg | October 25, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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