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Jurgen Klinsmann fired by US Soccer

Photo credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jurgen Klinsmann has been sacked as head coach and technical director of the US Men’s National Team.

Klinsmann began his tenure as head coach on July 29, 2011, and compiled a 55-27-16 record during his tenure. In 2013, he led the team on a record-setting 12-game winning streak, the longest in program history. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage in 2013 are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year. In 2014, the team advanced out of the “Group of Death” and reached the Round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup. Most recently, the MNT finished fourth in the 2016 Copa America Centenario held in the United States.

“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,” said USSF President Sunil Gulati, in a prepared statement. “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.”

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  1. Kei

    November 21, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    As far as player development goes, I think it’s entirely possible that we’ll see the prototypical post-Jurgen soccer player revert back to that of a physical specimen who’s bigger, faster, and stronger than all of his peers, a player who couldn’t hit the ocean with a pass from ten yards out or read the game if it was written in Hooked on Phonics, but are very high on mental fortitude and toughness, and just WANT IT MORE than everyone else on the pitch, a real fighter of an athlete who makes up for his utter lack of any discernible technical ability or tactical awareness with grit, heart, tenacity, high motor, determination, leadership attributes, self-motivation, and a never-say-die attitude.

  2. Tim

    November 21, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Klinsman was garbage….hot garbage! World class player, seemed like a great guy but an awful manager. Socver hipsters in the US love anything with an accent. They think if they’re foreign they know what they’re talking about. Here is proof that he didn’t know ****.

  3. Smokey Bacon

    November 21, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I guess labelling the fans as no-nothing’s was the final straw. This article overstates Klinsmann’s record and contribution. In reality he was an overrated coach and a divisive figure. There will be no lasting legacy. This is not Germany post 2006. Instead it’s a chance for a new coach to end the confusing tactics and formations, replace the dead wood and light a fire to achieve qualification.

  4. Paul

    November 21, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Hey lecopucho it’s 2016. A ton of people care, millions actually. You have no idea how many Americans are chomping at the bit for top quality “football” in the United States. I have to wake up at 7am or earlier on Saturday to watch quality EPL matches. If we could produce a world class product then we could enjoy the sport right here in our own backyard.

    First and foremost there are a number of ways to grow interest.
    1. Hire Landon Donovan: We have a few months to get him up to speed with the club before the next round of WC Qualifiers; furthermore he has played with a number of current national team players on the roster, knows their abilities, stregths and weaknesses.
    2. Implement Promotion & Relegation in the MLS. The rest of the world has adopted this system and it works in terms of developing players, rewarding quality and eliminating stagnant and lazy players.
    3. Get on the same schedule as the rest of the top tiered divisions in the world: EPL, Bundesliga, La Liga etc. This will allow us to open us the loan/transfer market, then structure a television deal. By doing this we can develop and bring top talent to the United States for better wages across the board for professional players in the US.

  5. lecopucho

    November 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    who cares
    it’s only soccer, it doesn’t matter, and no one in the U.S. cares or ever will
    plus soccer is for commie-loving losers who like to be bored to death
    try watching REAL football losers!

  6. Kei

    November 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Feel like the “He challenged everyone in the U.S. Soccer community to think about things in new ways…” should have concluded with “…but now that he’s gone, we’re gunna go back to doing things the MURICAN way, because that’s what we do, and that’s who we are.”

    But really though, he’ll be a far, far bigger loss as the technical director than as the national team’s manager. You hope whoever succeeds him in that particular role will continue to implement and enhance his vision, but I’m not really holding my breath.

    • David

      November 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Based on rumors, it looks like Bruce Arena will get another chance at coaching the USMNT. I think that’s a huge step backwards. Arena has been critical of all the German born players on the team in the past. That worries me. Players like Fabian Johnson are better than anyone from the MLS. If Arena is hired, hopefully it’s just a band aid until a suitable replacement for Jurgen is hired. I agree with your point. A lot of people are overlooking the fact that Klinsmann did well as technical director.

      • Kei

        November 21, 2016 at 10:29 pm

        Bruce Arena is a comically unimaginative hiring, but I also think it’s unlikely he’ll end up being a long-term option. On the other hand, I think whoever replaces Arena will also be an American, or at the very least, have some experience working in America (i.e. managed in MLS). If that’s the case, then US Soccer’s next hire might be every bit as uninspiring as this one.

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