Jurgen Klinsman has been relieved of his duties as the national team coach of the USA weeks after heavy defeats to Costa Rica.
The German has been sacked after five years in charge of USA men's football team due to a dreadful start campaign for the 2018 world cup qualification series. Klinsman led America to their worst qualifying defeat in 36 years when they were beating 4-0 away in Costa Rica a week ago.
That reverse in San Jose followed a 2-1 home defeat by Mexico, leaving the US bottom of the six-team CONCACAF Round 5 qualifying group.Only the top three teams - currently Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama - can qualify for the World Cup, with the fourth placed team advancing to the intercontinental play-off.
In a statement, US Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced:
'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.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.