HARRISON, NJ - APRIL 02: Head coach Dominic Kinnear of the Houston Dynamo yells to his team as they play the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on April 2, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
In the second hour of Glenn Davis' Dynamo All-Access from , head coach Dominic Kinnear had some interesting comments to make unprompted by any question or comment from Davis.
I've transcribed his comments from the show:
"I know a lot of fans have been doubting, but they're not fans to me. I'm sick of this. I heard a little bit of your show before I got on, and I'll tell ya I hung up at some of the comments that are made, I can't take it. These guys give it, the fans got a great team and it wasn't just two years Glenn, we were a great team for four years. We had a tough year last year, we're improving as we go and if fans think this is a bad thing, it's MLS then they got to get used to it. So if they're not with it, see you later"
"It's the ebbs and flow of Major League Soccer. Some people aren't educated. We had great success for two years, a great team for four. We lost Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark and got nothing in return. Those guys are irreplaceable in mind and some fans just don't get it. They just want to watch a Saturday and watch Barcelona and want their MLS team play Barcelona, it's unrealistic and like I said, you just gotta try to educate them as you go and some people just don't want to be educated, they're close minded and that's the way it is."
I can understand the frustration at some of the criticism coming from people this season. As per usual, the vocal minority is typically the loudest but the easiest to ignore. Apparently it's been enough to bother the coach so you can imagine it's bothered the players. If that's the case, then kudos to Dom for voicing his displeasure and letting any heat from the situation come to him, part of a coaches job to shield his players.
I'm not innocent of questioning and doubting some of the moves that Kinnear and his coaching staff have made this season but I'm a blogger tasked with following the team on a week to week basis, I have to pick some thing apart. When we look back at the 2011 season as a whole, I think events are on track to leave us with a much more positive feeling about what went down.
I guess it just comes down to whether you see this as a fired up coach whose team is on a bit of a roll and wants to rally the support or a coach whining about a loud vocal minority with unrealistic expectations for the team that should really be ignored. I tend to lean towards the first line of reasoning and it's not like coaches haven't gotten annoyed by the comments of a few knuckleheads before.
Either way, it's nice from my perspective to see Kinnear so fired up. The team needs that fire and toughness for the final two months of the season and hopefully the playoffs after that.