Jurgen Klinsmann has been fired as the manager of the United States men’s national team, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Monday. The expecatation is that LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena will become national team boss for tbe second time
Klinsmann paid the price for the USA’s dreadful start to qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica in World Cup qualifiers this month proving to be the last straw.
“We want to thank Jurgen for his hard work and commitment during these last five years,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement.
“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.”
‘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.’
Arena’s contract with the Galaxy was set to expire next month, but the 65-year-old recently signed a two-year extension with the MLS club, multiple sources said.
However, the new deal would allow Arena, who coached the U.S. at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, to leave if he were offered the national team job.
USA World Cup Hexagonal Schedule:
March 24, 2017: USA vs. Honduras
March 28, 2017: Panama vs. USA
June 7 or 8, 2017: USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago
June 11 or 12, 2017: Mexico vs. USA
Sept. 1, 2017: USA vs. Costa Rica
Sept. 5, 2017: Honduras vs. USA
Oct. 6, 2017: USA vs. Panama
Oct. 10, 2017: Trinidad and Tobago vs. USA