Soccer, as the old cliche portends, is a results business.
That makes every year a referendum on those in charge of it. This will be especially true for the U.S. senior national team coaches in 2013.
Jurgen Klinsmann on the men's side and his newly-appointed women's national team counterpart Tom Sermanni each have a great deal to prove in this coming year.
In the summer of 2011, Klinsmann swept into office to see out the remainder of Bob Bradley's aborted 4-year World Cup cycle on a platform of hope and change. Yet he has delivered a mixed bag. Results have been confounding. World-beaters Italy and arch-enemy Mexico were slain on their own turf for the first time ever. The 9-2-3 U.S. record ties its best ever record. It posted the same record in 2008. Yet for all its success against soccer's superpowers, the U.S. had immense trouble getting results against lesser lights such as Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala, its opponents in the third phase of World Cup Qualifying....