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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

July 26, 2013
BANNED IN CHICAGO
Klinsmann suspended by CONCACAF disciplinary committee for Gold Cup final

By Michael Lewis
BigAppleSoccer.com Editor

U.S. National Team Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been suspended for Sunday's Gold Cup final against Panama
U.S. National Team Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been suspended for Sunday's Gold Cup final against Panama
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CHICAGO -- For the second time in five CONCACAF Gold Cups, a U.S. national coach will not be able to direct his team from the bench for the final.

The CONCACAF disciplinary committee suspended Klinsmann from the championship match, which will be held at Soldier Field on Sunday (4 p.m ET), it was announced late Friday night by the confederation.

In 2005, then U.S. coach was banned from the 2005 final after he was dismissed during the semifinals.

According to a CONCACAF press release, "Mr. Klinsmann was ejected from the technical area for showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner."

The suspension cannot be appealed, the confederation said.

Neither U.S. Soccer or Klinsmann had an immediate comment on Friday night's ruling.

As of late Friday, U.S. Soccer did not say who would direct the team from he bench, although assistant coach Martin Vasquez would be the top candidate. If the ruling was the same as other suspensions, Klinsmann will be allowed to watch the game anywhere but the bench at the stadium. He also could be allowed to keep in communication with the bench .

Klinsmann was ejected from the bench in the 87th minute by referee Walter Quesada (Costa Rica) after his reaction to the fact that a foul was not called after team captain DaMarcus Beasley was taken down in midfield during the 3-1 semifinal win over Honduras at Cowboys Stadium Wednesday night. Klinsmann was so infuriated that Quesada did not award a Honduran player a yellow card on the play that he spiked the game ball that had rolled his way.

“It was just a reaction out of frustration because the fouls added up throughout the last half hour,” Klinsmann said on Wednesday night. “I just kind of over-boiled it. I shouldn’t have thrown the ball on the ground.

“I apologize for the reaction. It was not meant for the referee. It was just frustration because you fear for the health of your player at that moment.”

Earlier Friday, Beasley told BigAppleSoccer.com that it was not the end of the world that Klinsmann could not run the show from the bench.

"I don't think it changes too much," he said. "It's always good to have him on the bench, but he'll give his wisdom before the game ... make sure we get off on the right foot. But it's not going to be the same not seeing his face on the sideline, giving us instructions when we need it and being the enthusiastic person that he is on the bench. Especially, when we score or he needs to tell us something or if we need to change something."

Eight years ago Arena was banned from guiding the team from the bench for the final after he was ejected from a semifinal win over Honduras at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Assistant coach Glenn Myernick took over while Arena watched the game from the stands. As it turns out, that final also was against Panama. The U.S. prevailed over the Panamanians via penalty kicks, 3-1, after playing to a scoreless draw over 120 minutes.

The Klinsmann suspension was not the first ruling by the committee in the tournament. Last Saturday the Gold Cup disciplinary committee fined Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto $5,000; he also was given an official warning for future incidents.

Pinto was fined for his public criticism of the confederation during his post-game press conference after a 1-0 win over Belize in Sandy, Utah on July 13.
   
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