When the United States take the field this Sunday afternoon in the Gold Cup Final against Panama in Chicago, they will do it without coach Jurgen Klinsmann. After reviewing the referee’s report the Concacaf Disciplinary Committee announced late Friday night that the U.S. coach will be suspended, following his ejection late in Wednesday evening’s 3-1 semifinal victory over Honduras.
Klinsmann was booted from Wednesday’s match after vociferously protesting a series of violent fouls against U.S. captain DaMarcus Beasley.
Honduras played aggressively from the start against the U.S. in Arlington, Texas, and as the game got away from the Catrachos, the Hondurans picked up the physicality.
Costa Rican referee Walter Quesada allowed the Hondurans to ratchet up the physical play, swallowing his whistle as the Americans were repeatedly hacked by the frustrated Hondurans.
Klinsmann finally blew his top when Beasley was fouled by two players on one play. Klinsmann was ejected for, “showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner,” according to a statement released by Concacaf.
Klinsmann’s first assistant Martin Vasquez appears to be in line to run the team in Klinsmann’s absence, although Klinsmann will still be expected to call the shots from wherever he is located.
The rules do not allow for appeals, so the U.S. will have take on Panama without the emotional Klinsmann urging them on from the sideline.