Jurgen Klinsmann has just been fired by the US Soccer Federation after a terrible start to World Cup qualifying, in which for the first time ever the US team lost both their first two qualification games.
The US in the last International window lost at home to Mexico 2-1 for the first time ever and that was also the first time the US has lost a qualifier on home soil in 15 years.
And then a few days later they were thrashed in Costa Rica 4-0.
Jurgen Klinsmann – fired by US
The US chances of qualifying are still good with 8 games remaining in qualification, but it seems the US want to bring in a new coach well before qualification resumes next March.
It is hardly a shock that Klinsmann has finally been fired by the US, because his tenure has been a tenuous for a while now.
This is what Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer’s President has said in a statement issued today:
“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.”
Jurgen Klinsmann was a world-class striker who played from 1982 through 1998.
He had one season at Spurs back in 1994-1995 when he scored a fantastic 30 goals in 50 games and then returned three years later to score 9 goals in 18 games for the north London side in his very last season as a player.
So he scored 39 goals in 68 games for Tottenham Hotspur.
In his playing career he played 614 total games and scored 277 goals – he played the most games for his home town club Stuttgart – 186 games and 94 goals from 1984 to 1989.
But his coaching career has not been nearly as successful as when he played the game at the very highest level.
So DeAndre Yedlin will soon have a new national coach.