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Marcelo Bielsa: Can He Revive the Moribund U.S. Team?

U.S. Soccer is depressing. So occasionally I create “what-if” scenarios to lighten the mood.

We all know that Gregg Berhalter would find his appropriate skill level in soccer on a suburban lawn arguing with the parents of kids in an U-12 league. And that his ineptitude, and the kleptocracy of the thoroughly corrupt United States Soccer Federation, is the fault of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Or perhaps this is too harsh. Like many things about U.S. soccer, we don’t know. We don’t know how many good player prospects there are in the U.S. The Mexicans probably have a better idea of this than U.S. Soccer does. Likewise we don’t know if Berhalter might have become a decent coach. His track record so far is spotty, though, and now he is forced to play a majority-MLS squad.

I conducted a vote of who people wanted to see as U.S. national team manager, and Marcelo Bielsa won in a photo-finish over The Ghost of Bob Paisley. This simulation in Football Manager starts at the beginning of calendar year 2018 and ends after the 2022 World Cup.

Marcelo Bielsa, full name Marcelo Alberto Bielsa Caldera, is one of the most influential coaches of modern times. Pep Guardiola calls him the best. It would be pointless of me to copy information about him here when there is so much of it already available on the Web and in print. His coaching style is described here.

Results of the 2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League

Group Stage:


Computer Bielsa’s squad for a US vs. Haiti match, as an example: