Juergen Klinsmann has been fired as head coach of the U.S. men’s national team, U.S. Soccer said on Monday (NOVEMBER 21).
Klinsmann was under contract through 2018 but his future with the team had been in doubt after a pair of recent losses left their hopes of qualifying for the next World Cup in serious peril.
The 52-year-old former Germany national team coach and World Cup-winning striker had been in charge of the U.S. team since 2011 when he replaced Bob Bradley and was supposed to usher in transformative changes.
The United States can still qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia but a stunning 4-0 loss to Costa Rica, which came on the heels of a 2-1 loss to Mexico, has them sitting dead last in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Should they rally and earn one of this round’s three automatic qualification slots for Russia 2018, the United States would become the first team in CONCACAF history to finish in the top three of Hexagonal play after opening with two losses.
With their next World Cup qualifier not until a March 17 game against Honduras, Klinsmann’s replacement will have plenty of time to take stock of the program and evaluate players.