Jurgen Klinsmann has been sacked as coach of the USA after losing back to back matches in the World Cup qualifiers.
German Klinsmann has had a rather successful time in charge of the United States since being appointed in 2011 which saw the national side beat Mexico for the first time in Mexico. The nation also qualified from their World Cup group stage in 2014 and there had been a good feeling under Klinsmann’s reign.
But while US Soccer’s chiefs were quick to praise the German they thought it best at this stage to move on and look for another coach. Sunil Gulati the head of US soccer said: “Today we made the difficult decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann, our head coach of the US men’s national team and technical director 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 US 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.”
Klinsmann’s record for the US was impressive with a win rate of 61% for competitive matches and 53% for friendlies. Altogether Klinsmann coached 98 games for the States winning 55 of those.
So who will step into his shoes? The favourite with the US media is Bruce Arena current coach at LA Galaxy and the coach of course for the US for 8 years between 1998-2006. Arena seems the perfect fit for the hot seat and is seen as something akin to a legend in American soccer.
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