Embarrassed, US Soccer Boots Coach Klinsmann

Reeling from 2 losses, team ends coach's controversial tenure
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 21, 2016 3:11 PM CST
Embarrassed, US Soccer Boots Coach Klinsmann
This Nov. 12, 2015, file photo shows US men's national soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann in St. Louis. Klinsmann is out as coach. US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati announced Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, that Klinsmann has been “relieved of his duties.”   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

Jurgen Klinsmann is out as coach of the US men's soccer team, the AP reports, ending a contentious five-year love-hate relationship on the job. US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati announced Monday that Klinsmann has been "relieved of his duties" as coach and technical director for US Soccer. The move isn't exactly surprising, notes the New York Times, following a pair of embarrassing losses that damaged the Americans' efforts to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The final straw came less than a week ago, as the Times puts it: "Then came the 4-0 thrashing against the Ticos in which Klinsmann’s team looked alternately disorganized, dispirited and—perhaps most damningly—disinterested."

"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," said Gulati in a statement. Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley in July 2011 and led the team to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and the second round of the 2014 World Cup, where the Americans lost to Belgium in extra time. But the US was knocked out in last year's Gold Cup semifinals, lost to Mexico in a playoff for a Confederations Cup berth and started 0-2 this month in the final round of World Cup qualifying. (More soccer stories.)

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