“There had been a huge amount of turnover over the first two years and I felt like – and I expressed this to him – that we kept getting rid of quality guys and influential guys. Maybe they weren’t the absolute best guys on the field all the time but they were certainly guys that added a huge amount to the locker-room and I’m certainly a believer in the fact that you’re never going to be successful if you don’t have a good mix and a good group in the locker-room.
“Because things are fine when you’re winning, but when they’re not, if you’re don’t have a good group of guys that can look each other in the eye and pull their own weight and say put up their hands when they make a mistake, then you’re not going to be successful over the long haul and that’s something I’m a big believer in and I think that wasn’t taken so well when I brought up and made that point.”
Califf was shipped to California. Nowak didn’t last much longer.
On the international front, Califf won 23 caps for the U.S. His last time with the team was the 2009 Confederations Cup when the Americans beat Spain 2-0 in the semifinal before losing to Brazil 3-2 in the championship game.
Califf was on the squad but did not see action.
“My time with the national team was incredible and it did span a long time,” he said. “I was with the team a lot more than I actually got capped, unfortunately, but it was an incredible experience and it was something that has been cool for me.
“I’ve played in every single tournament aside from a World Cup so that’s a bit disappointing. But all through the youth ranks and everything like that. I think it’s helped me tremendously as a player and just helped my view of the game as well.”