Jurgen Klinsmann, USMNT Part Ways: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

By Timothy Rapp
at Internationaled.org

Published: November 21, 2016

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Jurgen Klinsmann was removed from his post as the United States men's national team manager on Monday, U.S. Soccer announced.  

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati made a statement in the announcement that read in part:

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.

Sam Borden of the New York Times reported that Bruce Arena is "likely" to be named as Klinsmann's replacement.

Klinsmann, 52, took over as the USMNT manager in 2011, leading the country to a Gold Cup in 2013 and past the group stage of the World Cup in 2014. 

His tenure wasn't without controversy, however. The United States never quite took the next step from a decent team in major competitions to a great one, and Klinsmann's decision to keep Landon Donovan off the 2014 World Cup roster was never popular.

He also came under fire after the United States lost consecutive matches to Mexico and Costa Rica in November, opening t...
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