In a recent interview with ESPN en Español TV show Raza Deportiva, former Mexican national team manager Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera was asked whether he would accept an offer by U.S. soccer to manage their national team. After a brief censure of the media for hyping up rumors, Herrera stated that if he were unemployed, he would consider any offers.
Instead of feeling guilty for El Piojo’s scolding, I chose to read between the lines. So how likely is El Piojo’s arrival to the U.S. national team?
After all, Herrera was very careful in yesterday’s answer, obviously not wanting to close any doors that might open up in the future. El Piojo even took time to praise current USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann. Now that’s just simply too much political correctness from the Mexican coach, and it makes me very suspicious.
The U.S. has two World Cup qualifier games in what remains of 2015, and then an 11-month break from official international soccer, which is enough time for a reboot and change of manager. So is this Klinsmann’s last chance to prove to the U.S. Soccer Federation that he should remain as coach? Probably. Will U.S. soccer move in on El Piojo if the German coach fails? I really doubt it.
So despite the many headlines that El Piojo’s words made yesterday, this time the Mexican coach might have been right to scold the media for their occasional sensationalism.