Jurgen Klinsmann fired as head coach of U.S. soccer team

Jurgen Klinsmann has been fired as head coach of the United States national men’s soccer team, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced Monday afternoon.

A replacement for Klinsmann has not been announced, but former U.S. coach Bruce Arena is reportedly a candidate.

“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,” U.S. Soccer said in a statement.

It later continued: “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. 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.”

The U.S. team lost first to Mexico, 2-1, which was its first loss in a home World Cup qualifier in 15 years. Then the Americans embarrassed themselves in a 4-0 loss to Costa Rica last week.

Klinsmann began his tenure as head coach on July 29, 2011. He had a 55-27-16 record during that time.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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