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Coach says alleged affair hurt ’98 US soccer team

Canada Goose Outlet Wynalda brought uk canada goose up the situation Monday night during a discussion on “Fox Football Fone In” about a scandal in England over an alleged relationship between current English captain John Terry and the former partner of Wayne Bridge, his teammate on the national squad. finished last in the 32 nation field at the 1998 tournament in France, getting shut out by Germany, then uk canada goose outlet losing 2 1 to Iran and 1 0 to Yugoslavia. Canada Goose Outlet

canada goose coats on sale “It wasn’t about losing 2 0 to Germany or losing to Iran,” Sampson said. “There was more to it than that that impacted I believe the outcome of this team.” canada goose coats on sale

canadian goose jacket Wynalda said he spoke out during the program he co hosts on Fox Soccer Channel because he Canada Goose Outlet was asked about Terry, who has been front page news since Saturday in British newspapers. canadian goose jacket

“There’s Canada Goose Parka a lot of similarities between what happened to us in ’98 and what’s canada goose happening now to England,” Wynalda told the AP. “It’s an unfortunate time for England, because I know how that can affect a team firsthand. Obviously, we all know how we did in the World Cup in ’98.”

Canada Goose Parka Sampson was replaced by Bruce canada goose uk outlet Arena after the tournament. World Cup teams and became the regular captain before he was dropped by Sampson in a surprise move on April 14, 1998. He made 90 international appearances from 1987 canada goose factory sale 90. Canada Goose Parka

buy canada goose jacket cheap “I am not going to rehash the things that have happened in the past,” Harkes said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “1998 was devastating to me and my family. player, came to him and assistant coach Clive Charles between the Feb. 25 game at Belgium and the March 14 match against Paraguay in San Diego canada goose outlet and said canada goose coats on sale he had personal knowledge of the affair. Charles died in 2003 and Wegerle, now retired, did not Canada Goose Online return a phone buy canada goose jacket cheap call Tuesday buy canada goose jacket cheap

canada goose coats In 1998, Sampson said Harkes, then 31, was dropped because the canada goose black friday sale midfielder refused to play a more defensive role. Sampson also cited “leadership issues” but didn’t elaborate. was eliminated, defended his decision to hide the truth. Soccer Federation president Alan Rothenberg, secretary general Hank Steinbrecher and current president Sunil Gulati, a longtime member of the leadership. canada goose coats

canada goose clearance sale “I felt that these are the kinds of issues that need to stay in Canada Goose online the locker room and within the team and not (be) exposed to the public,” Sampson said. “The private issues for me were the most serious issues. I think I could have lived with everything else and kept John on the team canada goose clearance sale if it had not been for the private issues. It’s one thing to have an affair outside the team. It’s another to have one inside.. There are just certain lines that one cannot cross.” canada goose clearance sale

Rothenberg said Tuesday he had no memory of canada goose uk black friday any discussion of the matter, Gulati declined comment and Steinbrecher did not return a telephone message.

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canada goose store “I’m calling it an inappropriate relationship. It was a major contributor cheap Canada Goose to why I’m no longer married,” said Wynalda, a father of three who separated from his wife in 2003 and then divorced. canada goose store

buy canada goose jacket Wynalda said that when Sampson informed him in the spring of 1998 that he was dropping Harkes, Wynalda tried to persuade the coach to buy canada goose jacket change his Canada Goose Coats On Sale mind. Sampson didn’t recall such a conversation, but said that doesn’t mean it didn’t take place. buy canada goose jacket

Canada Goose sale “At that time, I felt that he was canada goose clearance still canada goose uk shop a canada goose store player that could help our cause and he was still one of the best 22 players in our country,” Wynalda said. Canada Goose sale

Canada Goose online Wynalda and Harkes played together just once after that, when called canadian goose jacket in by Arena for a January 2000 exhibition at Chile. Canada Goose online

canada goose clearance “At that point, it was still manageable,” Wynalda said. college player of the year canada goose coats in 1987 at Virginia, was one of the first Americans to make the move overseas, playing for Sheffield Wednesday, Derby, West Ham and Nottingham Forest in England during the 1990s. United, New England and Columbus before his retirement in 2002. players in Europe, playing for Saarbruecken and Bochum in Germany before appearing for San Jose, Miami, New England and Chicago in MLS. Wynalda was an analyst for ESPN’s soccer coverage in 2006 and 2007, Canada Goose Jackets and joined Fox last year. under 20 team. canada goose clearance

Harkes also worked for ESPN’s 2006 World Cup coverage and replaced Wynalda as a lead analyst for ESPN two years ago.

cheap Canada Goose Now working for different networks, both are preparing for this year’s World Cup. Wynalda also is Canada Goose sale writing a book. cheap Canada Goose

canada goose black friday sale “I’ve suffered quite a bit through this whole process. My healing is over, so I’m OK to talk about it,” Wynalda said. canada goose black friday sale

canada goose deals Sampson, who plans to broadcast cheap canada goose uk for Futbol de Primera radio at this year’s World Cup, said he wanted people to know that he and Harkes mended their relationship in 2005 and exchanged a handshake. canada goose deals

“Maybe now people will have a little bit more of an understanding as to why I made such a critical decision back in 1998,” Sampson said. “The last thing I wanted to do was drop John Harkes from the team because I really did believe that he was an outstanding leader on the field.”.


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