The U.S. Women's soccer team has announced that coach Greg Ryan's contract will not be renewed.
Ryan amassed an impressive 45-1-9 record as the national team coach. The only loss coming in this year's World Cup semi-finals.
US Soccer officials stated:
"I'm not going to point to any one factor or one individual decision," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said on a conference call Monday announcing the change. "Obviously, coaches' decisions impact games. All that was weighed in."
We wonder why the president would go out of his way to refute that the firing is based on one particular decision? Certainly, such a statement is unnecessary.
Well, unnecessary...unless...it truly is based on one decision that Ryan made.
With the Americans favored to win their third World Cup, Ryan decided before their match with Brazil to make a change in goal, replacing Hope Solo with veteran NEGRO [bold 'Negro' added by NOIS] goaltender Briana Scurry. Solo had allowed two goals in four World Cup starts and had a shutout string of nearly 300 minutes. Scurry, the goalie for the 1999 World Cup champs, had beaten Brazil two straight times.
Ryan chooses to replace the alabaster keeper with a woman of color. The team loses the game. And he is out of a job.
Even more interesting is this: The US team, full of high scoring stars, was shut out. Blanked. Unable (or unwilling?) to score a goal to support their Negro goaltenderette.
"Ryan was 45-1-9 since taking over in early 2005, but Gulati made clear that the lone loss weighed heavily in the decision..."
One loss in 55 games is a deal breaker?
Or, is benching the pale white girl in favor of her melanin rich back-up the true deal breaker?
Perhaps defender Cat Whitehill summed it up best:
"With the standards our team has set, if you don't win, it's hard to keep your job," Whitehill said Monday, a day after players and Ryan were informed of the move. "Nothing against the way Greg Ryan coached, but we didn't play as well as we should have."
All the starting players, who were shut out in the game, will be back with the team.
It wasn't difficult for them to keep their jobs, despite the loss.
But, then again, they weren't the ones that went with the Original Goal Keeper.