Please bear with me, with this post. I do not take this lightly. First off, while many here are familiar with my history, I think it's important to start with this. I've been a fan os US Soccer since the 1994 World Cup, when I was going into 9th grade. I didn't really know the sport, but I still knew it well enough to know what losing felt like in 1998. But something else happened in that World Cup, and it was Michael Owen. His performance really caught my attention...and turned me towards watching soccer at both the national team and club level. Since that world cup, I've been a die hard soccer fan, and especially a die hard USMNT fan. During college, I watched every USA match I could, I followed all the players, I eventually joined Big Soccer to have a soccer community to celebrate & analyze the USMNT with. I started posting in 2001 during qualifying and haven't really stopped since. 2002 was probably one of the most magical sporting events in my life. And ever since then, I've always been someone who's preached patience, done my best to keep performances and results in line with expectations given our own talent and our opponents. Sometimes I've failed, sometimes I haven't. During that time, I've only ever called for the firing of two managers. Jurgen Klinsmann, and it took me until after the World Cup, when blamed the players for not attacking enough against Belgium, and now Gregg Berhalter who blamed his players after the debacle in Toronto. I have NEVER called for a protest/boycott. They broke a cardinal rule for any manager - never publicly blame your players and shift blame away from yourself, for poor performances. Beyond that, their different weaknesses weren't something I want in managers - with Klinsmann his lack of tactical awareness, and for Berhalter, his rigidity in system, and utter lack of ability to adjust. However, if Klinsmann hadn't gotten fired, I wouldn't have called for a boycott/protest. Why? Because our authority line didn't give him a free pass. There were always rumors of Sunil and company not being entirely happy with him, and if you listened enough, you heard rumblings about the safety of his job. I felt fine rooting for our side under him, knowing that if he didn't improve, we'd make a change. Today, I've lost that faith. USSF is now built with a lone voice of authority over the USMNT, and that is Earnie Stewart - and he just gave one of the most innaccurate, incredible, myopic judgements I've ever seen, in any sports realm, of my life. That is not hyperbole. He told the world that when he saw the progress under Berhalter, that he was a happy man, and then cited a single 25 minutes against Mexico as evidence. We used to play 90 minutes against Mexico, and win. So why the extreme approach of protest and boycott? Because how else do you reach the Lone Authorities' ears? So long as people are watching and going to matches to support his team, he'll think himself untouchable - and the reality is that so long as USSF is getting viewers and sales tickets, he IS untouchable. So yes, boycott, because USSF can not exist in such a manner, where one person's opinion is so powerful, as to threaten our entire program. - for I do not want to imagine the consequences of not participating in the next World Cup. From kids not watching the WC, and thus not caring about soccer, to losing sponsorships, to losing dual nationals, to losing MLS interest, to threatening MLS for being the source of our woes...the consequences are massive. Anyways, I hate that I'm doing this. But I see no real alternative. It's for the good our program, our players, our sport here.