U.S. Soccer Relieves Jurgen Klinsmann of His Duties
The United States Soccer Federation announced Monday (November 21), that they have relieved Jurgen Klinsmann of his duties as the U.S. Men's National Team coach and technical director.
In a statement on the U.S. Soccer website, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said, "Today we made the difficult decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann, our head coach of the U.S. 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."
Among those achievements, Klinsmann coached the team out of the group stage at the 2014 World Cup and, more recently, claimed a fourth place finish at the 2016 Copa America Centenario. In 2013, the team's 16 victories and .761 winning percentage set records for the U.S. Men's National Team and Klinsmann ends his 5+ year tenure with a record of 55-27-16.
The team has also had its failures during his time at the helm. Most recently, the team dropped decisions at home to Mexico, 2-1, and away at Costa Rica, 4-0, to start the final round of their World Cup qualifying campaign with zero points and in last place in the six-group CONCACAF hexagonal. And while Klinsmann felt confident that he could lead the team moving forward and still qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, others within the organization evidently felt otherwise.
U.S. Soccer will hold an official press conference on Tuesday afternoon (November 22) to discuss their decision. There is no word yet on who might take over the reins of the team, but with the next World Cup qualifying matches not being played until next spring, there is a substantial amount of time to find a suitable replacement.