Bye-bye Jurgen Klinsmann! After five years as the manager of the United States Men’s National Team, U.S. Soccer fired Jurgen on Nov. 21. Despite his success in molding the USMNT, a pair of major losses put the U.S.’s chances at the 2018 World Cup in severe jeopardy. So, he had to go.
“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,” U.S. Soccer said in a Nov. 21 press release. “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.”
Jurgen’s dismissal comes after Team USA got completely embarrassed by Costa Rica in the first two games of the CONCACAF Hexagonal, the fifth and final round of qualification matches for the World Cup. The US lost to Mexico for the first time in decades, dropping a 2-1 loss to El Tri. Jurgen took flak for starting the match in a 3-5-2 formation, before reverting to a 3-4-3 setup that seemed to fit the Americans’ skills.
Sadly, it wouldn’t save the US from Costa Rica, as they were blown out, 4-0. Jurgen was criticized for using the same lineup and not changing it up. Clearly, the head of U.S. Soccer agreed that it was time for him to go.
“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,” the statement said, giving love to Jurgen for all his hard work.
“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.”
A replacement hasn’t been named but it’s likely that a man who once held the job is coming back. LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, 65, is one of the names expected to take the position, while Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes, 50, is another potential successor, according to ESPN.
What do you think about Jurgen getting fired from the US men’s national soccer team, HollywoodLifers? Do you think it was a good decision? Or do you think the Americans will come to regret this decision?