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Abby Wambach thinks US Soccer should fire Jurgen Klinsmann

Photo credit: AFP.

Photo credit: AFP.

American Abby Wambach, whose 184 goals make her the top scorer in international soccer history, retired with a bang on Wednesday, saying the US Soccer Federation should fire men’s coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

The 35-year-old striker helped the Americans win this year’s Women’s World Cup and was set to make her farewell as a player in a US friendly against China on Wednesday at New Orleans.

“Congrats on a great career, Abby Wambach,” US President Barack Obama tweeted. “For the goals you’ve scored and the kids you’ve inspired, you’re the GOAT (Greatest of All Time)!”

Wambach made her controversial comments on a podcast, even apologizing to US Soccer president Sunil Gulati as she blasted his key employee, the one charged with getting the US squad to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“I would definitely fire Jurgen,” Wambach said. “Sorry Sunil. Sorry US Soccer, but I don’t think Jurgen and this litmus test on him has worked. He hasn’t really focused, I feel, enough attention on the youth programs. Although he says he has, I don’t think that he has.”

Wambach also took issue with many of the dual citizens that Klinsmann has recruited to the American team, many of them with American and German citizenship.

“The way that he has brought in a bunch of these foreign guys is not something I believe in wholeheartedly,” she said.

“And I love (German-born American) Jermaine Jones, I love watching him play, and I love (German-born American) Fabian Johnson, and he plays in Germany (Borussia Monchengladbach) and is actually killing it right now after being sent home for ‘faking an injury’. But I just think that this experiment that US Soccer has given Jurgen isn’t one that personally I’m into. It has got to be interesting for those guys to see their coach take off in a helicopter and fly home to his home and then back to training.

“It seems to me there are too many egos in our men’s program right now and the bigger ego of all of them is the one who is leading the charge,” she said.

Gulati told ESPN: “Abby has never been shy of speaking her mind, but today it’s best to celebrate a wonderful career and character.”

SEE MORE: On her final day, Wambach was at full volume.

Klinsmann has been under pressure lately despite a strong US run to the knockout stages at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Americans were semifinal losers to Jamaica in the Gold Cup and lost to Mexico when playing for a berth in the Confederations Cup.

Wambach, who has won two Olympic gold medals and was named FIFA 2012 Women’s Player of the Year, argued for women to be paid as well as men for their efforts on the pitch.

“The men get paid way more than the women in soccer, yeah, I understand logically the argument about the ratings and that is more global,” she said.

“But that doesn’t mean that it makes it right. Equality isn’t something that actually costs anything.”

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Jack Wade

    December 18, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I agree with Abby. Klinsmann doesn’t have a real exciting approach to offense. His time management is poor in that he allows too much celebrating after a goal, which adds to extra time. This tendency cost him a win against Portugal in the last cup, when Portal scored at the end of the 5th minute of stop time.

  2. Taylor

    December 17, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Hope Abby and some of you can recognize these players and find similarities among them:
    Fernando Clavijo, Roy Wegerle, Earnie Stewart, Hugo Perez, Thomas Dooley, Frank Klopas, David Regis, Preki Radossavljevic, Pablo Mastroeni and Carlos Llamosa.

    • Blue Lou

      December 19, 2015 at 1:30 am

      Thank you. The fact is that we NEEDED these foreign born players in the past…and we NEED Fabian Johnson now. I can promise Addy and manchild Landycakes Donovan that the minute our best “all American” athletes fully devote themselves to soccer, there will not be a lot of hyphenated Americans on the roster.

  3. Smokey Bacon

    December 17, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Well said Abby. Klinsmann has been a total failure.

  4. Bishopville Red

    December 17, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Two words: Sydney Leroux.

    No complaints when foreign-American is helping you retire a world champion.

    SB

  5. toby

    December 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

    What a bitch! It is easy to dominate a sport when you are the only professional team in an amateur sport in the rest of the world. The men play a more difficult and competitive game. She has delusion of grandeur and the truth is the only reason the USA are good at female football is because the rest of the world doesn’t care, but still producing more skilful players.

    • francis

      December 17, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Wombat wants the men’s team to be operated as a suburban country club the way the women’s squad is.Men’s football doesn’t work that way.

      • Tim

        December 18, 2015 at 9:43 am

        Except thats exactly how the team is ran. Have you been living under a rock? Also, when referring to the US mens team…Its “soccer”

  6. Steve

    December 17, 2015 at 1:52 am

    What’s her problem with “German-American?” Wambach is a pretty Kraut name. Every coach, no matter how good or bad, does what they think is best for the team. Where is the talent suppose to come from, the college game or MSL? Both are boring and unwatchable.

    • Tim

      December 17, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Do you know what is “unwatchable”? The US mens national team with all its euro based players that lose to Jamacia in the gold cup. The coach is a joke and the only people who feed in to his retoric are the American US fans who have a fettish with everything from Europe.

  7. ribman

    December 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    This from the women who walked out on her NWSL soccer team and appointed herself to the last World Cup team, who almost single handedly lost the cup by demanding to start- yes she’s all about team and country- she’s all about Abby Wambach

  8. Caedmon

    December 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    All she is saying was that the influx of foreign born players was to fix an immediate issue but by doing that he should be focusing on the youth to bring them up to par. Klinsmann has made questionable decisions (as has any coach under a constant microscope), but if not him who? Arena? Bradley? Ramos? The focus should be on youth and a stability of expectation and play from the USMNT setup. Klinsmann has made changes to the youth setup by making the style uniform but that won’t show results overnight. For me, there are a lot of things that need to be done, but an overhaul is not one of them. For what has been done, it will be years before we see the true results and most likely by then he will be out.

  9. Joe

    December 16, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    She is right. Most those players never set foot in the US until klinsi came on board. She is just calling it like it is and every sensitive liberal is now offended. Shocker! Klinsman is a crap coach and would have been fired from every national on the planet with his results.

  10. Brad

    December 16, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Sorry Abby but today wasn’t the day to take a shot at Klinsman and the “foreigners”.

    • Maverick

      December 19, 2015 at 1:04 am

      I think it was a great day to take shots. JK is a total lose and is wasting our time.

    • Maverick

      December 19, 2015 at 1:05 am

      I think it was a great day to take shots. JK is a total loser and is wasting our time.

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