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Jurgen Klinsmann fired as Team USA soccer head coach

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Team USA soccer has just fired their head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann. The report is being confirmed by United States soccer president Sunil Gulati in an official statement.

“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 stated in a press release.

“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.”

Jurgen Klinsmann, Team USA embarrassed

Moreover, Gulati admitted that they wanted to go into “another direction”. Team USA is coming off a disappointing stint in the qualifying tournament for the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Recently, Team USA soccer lost to Mexico, 2-1 at home in the regional qualifier. They also lost in a blowout to Costa Rica, 4-0 last Tuesday. Both losses were seen as the key factors why the soccer federation decided to fire Klinsmann.

Surprise firing for Jurgen Klinsmann

Days ago, Klinsmann stated he is not worried about his position as head coach of Team USA soccer.

“I’m not afraid. What you need to do is stick to the facts. Soccer is emotional, and a lot of people make conclusions without knowing anything about the inside of the team or the sport. I still believe we will get the points we need to qualify, and I am even confident we could win the group,” Klinsmann stated to the New York Times.

“The fact is, we lost two games. There is a lot of talk from people who don’t understand soccer or the team.”

Klinsmann has yet to comment on his surprising firing from Team USA soccer on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann was the coach for Team USA soccer from 2011 to 2016. He finishes his coaching career for the U.S. with a 36-8-15 win-draw-loss record.

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