Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Fired Today
The World-Cup striker, Jurgen Klinsmann found mixed results after he moved into coaching. Today he found a another new result: unemployment. He was fired as head coach of the United States national men’s soccer team. This follows a humiliating defeat in Costa Rica, one week ago, that impaired the American team’s chance of qualifying for the 2018 World-Cup.
Klinsmann was also dismissed as the U.S. Soccer’s technical director. This position gave the fired coach the opportunity to overhaul soccer development in the U.S. Although a replacement for Klinsmann was not announced it is believed that the leading candidate is former United States coach Bruce Arena.
Most insiders were not surprised at the firing. The U.S. had two painful losses in the opening games of the final round of regional World-Cup qualifying recently. The team started with a 2-1 defeat against Mexico. This was the first loss, in a home World-Cup qualifier in 15 years for the American team. This was followed by a 4-0 loss in Ticos. Klinsmann’s team appeared dispirited and disorganized, and disinterested.
Klinsmann, 52, arrived to great fanfare in 2011. He finally agreed to a contract after being pursued on-and-off for five years. He was a polarizing figure as the U.S. coach. He managed to attract both praise and disdain from his followers during his coaching of the team.
Last night Klinsmann said, “I’m not afraid. What you need to do is stick to the facts. Soccer is emotional, and a lot of people make conclusions without knowing anything about the inside of the team or the sport. I still believe we will get the points we need to qualify, and I am even confident we could win the group.”