U.S. Soccer Fires USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann

U.S. Soccer has fired U.S. Men’s National Team head man Jurgen Klinsmann the federation announced on Monday.

The decision to let go of the German-born coach comes on the heels of a 4-0 loss on the road to Costa Rica in 2018 World Cup Qualifying.  It’s the worst loss in qualifying for the USA since 1957.  The Costa Rica loss comes after a disappointing 2-1 loss to rival Mexico in Columbus Ohio.  The first ever loss in Columbus for the USMNT.

The Klinsmann era was a roller coaster ride for fans of the national team and players alike.  Coming on in 2011, Klinsmann led the U.S. to the 2013 Gold Cup and the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  It also saw losses on home soil in the 2015 Gold Cup and the subsequent Confederations Cup Playoff game.

The USA sits at the bottom of the six-team table with zero points and a negative-five goal differential.  The top three teams in the group will advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff for a chance to make the field of 32 teams.

The U.S. has not named a replacement for Klinsmann, but their next match is not until March, 2017 against Honduras, followed by a game against Panama that same month.

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