Wynalda: Just Plain Wrong….Please Go Away

Everyone is entitled to their opinion

And we’ve long known about Eric Wynalda’s doomsday sentiment towards the USMNT.

"Eric Wynalda"

"Eric Wynalda"

I happened to catch tonight’s Fox Soccer Fone-In show and it was “vintage” Wynalda. (I can’t believe this guy had the temperament to cap for the US and score as many goals as he did.)

(whining) “It’s 12,000 ft…the US is going to lose and they are going to lose big.”

(imploring) “Most of the players haven’t played in those conditions. You lose a whole day. You just want to go home.”

However, in this case one man’s opinion, no matter how decorated a former player he is, does not mean squat.

In stunning starkness to Wynalda’s comments, ESPN flew the following headline front and center on ESPN.com two full days before the showdown, “Wave of Confidence” with Tim Howard as the backdrop.

Just yesterday, countless blogs and rags raved about Donovan’s form after his, for lack-of-a-better phrase, ridiculously gnarly goal that was bent like it was shot by Neo in the Matrix.

However, all the headlines, inclusive of the ones here, cannot replace the commraderie amongst the team members that was blaring from Twitter today. Twitter has given us unprecedented access to the U.S. team, access to the 1st degree sentiments of the team members themselves.

It is times like these that I am proud to idolize Brian Ching

It's times like these that I am proud to know Brian Ching

So while Wynalda, a former standout who was just as immature a player as he is a broadcaster, hopefully fades quickly into the background of American soccer, here’s a peak at what the players were thinking heading into their two days of  training in advance of the big game, courtesy of Twitter:

CharlieDavies9 “Landon isn’t on twitter yet, but maybe with a lil persuasion from Chuck D lol. We ready for Azteca tho!”

JozyAltidore17 “Getting sleepy, jetlag is getin to me. Good to see all the guys.”

brianching “Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. Excited about the next game.”

and again, this time, an extremely profuse Charlie Davies:

CharlieDavies9 I am soooooo happy @stuholden22 and @brianching are here, they are the bestest!!! I love them sooooooo much wowwwwww!!! MY IDOLS!!!!!!!

Uh, Davies quickly followed that up with this:

CharlieDavies9 Ok as you probably already knew, Stuie got onto my Twitter Account. My roommate @stuholden22 is wild haha.

Sound like a team that is dreading a confrontation and taking a woe is me attitude. I didn’t think so.

Sparing the nationalism, Wynalda, get the story right or just go away.

Oh and Eric, Twitter’s a web site.

In fact, Wynalda step up to our throw-in wall. It’s your turn to get a little bit of what Mexico is getting tomorrow.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Matthew N on 2009/08/11 at 4:12 AM

    I didn’t even know Wynalda was still around. John Harkes is a much better match commentator than Wynalda was, and I assumed Eric just fell of the map after he stopped providing color commentary for US games. I’ll have to check out FFF sometime, but I don’t know if I’ll like it if it has Wynalda (I watched it a bit two seasons ago and I like the two gents they had on then).

    To be perfectly honest though, the altitude will be an extremely difficult challenge to deal with. I went from flat Ohio to climbing mountains in California with elevations of 6,000-12,000 feet above sea level without taking time to adjust to the elevation. We ran a 5k just to show ourselves how big of an effect the elevation had on our bodies (was in the military at the time) and I went from running 20-22 minute 5ks in Ohio to running over 28 minutes at the high elevations in California. I wouldn’t underestimate how big of a challenge this will be to overcome. When coupled with 100+ degree heat, I would say the US has a very steep uphill battle to fight.


  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/11 at 9:03 AM

    Agreed on the altitude.

    I hate to beat a dead horse, but that’s why we need some possesion midfielders instead of just d.



  3. IDK about you guys but what else do you expect from Eric Whine-All-Da Time? His color commentarting was at best horrendous. But I do believe that we do need a point-counter point guy because it makes for more interesting talk.

    But for me I’m all for the USA!

    Just think:

    In 19 years: 4 Gold Cups, Copa America Semifinal, Confederations Cup Final, World Cup Quarter Finals, 5 (about to be 6) straight World Cup appearances and a League that is only 14 years old and getting better!

    There’s no room for doom and gloom!!!!!!!! :)


    • Posted by Matthew N on 2009/08/11 at 4:00 PM

      If you’re going to hype up the team and ignore the serious obstacles in their way (not to mention the fact that Mexico is a very good team), you’re just paving the way for more disinterest in US football among the casual viewer. People need to be realistic. I by no means believe the US to be an inferior squad to Mexico, but we have seen in the past that home field advantage plays a huge role in many of these matches, and most of the foreign places we play don’t have near the altitude/temperature extremes that Mexico City will. Doom and gloom is the stuff coming from the Europeans who love to trash everything American. Don’t bash Wynalda because he isn’t looking through rose colored glasses.


  4. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/11 at 4:46 PM

    Actually, there is subtle difference to bashing Wynalda just to bash him or bashing him for legitimate reason.

    In this case, we are bashing him for legitimate reasons — TSG, in our own posts, called out the elements as an obstacle as well as the challenges to the U.S. We are not minimizing him.

    Wynalda ignored or choose not to investigate the true sentiment of the U.S. team — which is they are excited to be together and looking forward to challenge. Not, as he reported, that they were freaked out and didn’t want to go there.

    That is the issues I have.


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