November 21, 2016
Klinsmann removed as USMNT coach and technical director; Arena reportedly in line for the job
CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced Monday that Jurgen Klinsmann has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team and Technical Director for U.S. Soccer.
|Jurgen Klinsmann was bounced as coach and technical director of the U.S. national team.
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Gulati will conduct a media teleconference call Tuesday afternoon to discuss the change. Details will be announced in the near future.
Former U.S. national coach Bruce Arena, who directed the Red Bulls from 2006-2007, reportedly is in line to replace Klinsmann.
It is the first U.S. coach to be removed during a World Cup qualifying cycle since 1989.
Gulati decided to make the decision after the Americans dropped the first two games of the CONCACAF hexagonal of World Cup qualifying earlier this month. They lost to Mexico in Columbus, Ohio Nov. 11 before they were humilated in Costa Rica by the Ticos four days later, 4-0.
"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," Gulati said in a statement at USSoccer.com.
"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.
"There has never been a greater time for soccer in this country, and with the support and efforts of the millions of fans, sponsors, media and friends, we look forward to continued progress in the game we all love."
Klinsmann began his tenure as head coach on July 29, 2011, and compiled a 55-27-16 record during his tenure. In 2013, he led the team on a record-setting 12-game winning streak, the longest in program history. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage in 2013 are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year. In 2014, the team advanced out of the “Group of Death” and reached the Round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup. Most recently, the MNT finished fourth in the 2016 Copa America Centenario held in the United States.