U.S. Soccer Fires Jurgen Klinsmann in Wake of Awful World Cup Qualifying Results

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The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced on Monday afternoon that they would be “parting ways” with Jurgen Klinsmann, the manager of their men’s national team, effective immediately.

The American man struggled in their latest round of World Cup qualifying games, losing at homeĀ to Mexico 2-1 on November 11 and then getting crushed 4-0 in Costa Rica just four days later. Klinsmann, who has been in charge of the national side since July 2011, received heavy criticism following the losses for not being able to inspire a fairly talented team to better results.

A statement from USSF president Sunil Gulati reads as follows:

We want to thank Jurgen for his hard work and commitment during these last five years. He took pride in having the responsibility of steering the program, and there were considerable achievements along the way.

Many are aware of the historic victories, including leading us out of the Group of Death to the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but there were also lesser publicized efforts behind the scenes. He challenged everyone in the U.S. Soccer community to think about things in new ways, and thanks to his efforts we have grown as an organization and expect there will be benefits from his work for years to come.

While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction. With the next qualifying match in late March, we have several months to refocus the group and determine the best way forward to ensure a successful journey to qualify for our eighth-consecutive World Cup.

There has never been a greater time for soccer in this country, and with the support and efforts of the millions of fans, sponsors, media and friends, we look forward to continued progress in the game we all love.

Gulati did not announce a replacement, but there haveĀ been plenty of rumors that they want Bruce Arena, current coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy and one of the most successful coaches in the history of Major League Soccer. World Cup qualifying doesn’t resume until March, giving the next coach plenty of time to prepare.

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