Jurgen Klinsmann Fired as US Men’s National Soccer Team Coach
Klinsmann joined the program in 2011 and took the U.S. to the knockout stage of the World Cup just three years later. However, recent World Cup qualifying losses to Mexico and Costa Rica put his job in jeopardy and the U.S. Soccer Federation decided to relieve Klinsmann of his coaching duties.
"We want to thank Jurgen for his hard work and commitment during these last five years," the statement by the federation read. "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."
No word yet on who will be named the new manager of the USMNT, however, ESPN is reporting that U.S. soccer is in contact with both LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena and Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes as possible candidates to take over the national team.