Earlier today U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced Jurgen Klinsmann was relieved of his positions as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team and Technical Director for U.S. Soccer.
Klinsmann started this journey with U.S. Soccer on July 29, 2011, finishing with a 55-27-16 record during his five years. 2013 was a highlight year for his tenure. In that year, the U.S. MNT set a 12-game winning streak record and their 16 wins are all-time U.S. MNT high for a calendar year. A year later in the FIFA World Cup, they advanced out of the “Group of Death” reaching the Round of 16. The MNT finished fourth in the 2016 Copa America Centenario held in the United States but the latest World Cup Qualifier match losses were too much to overcome and the coach found himself under siege from fans and media. Interestingly enough, he also recently sold his house earlier this month — it had been on the market since May.
Gulati plans to hold a teleconference call with media members Tuesday afternoon.
In typical fashion (and admittedly, we contributed along the way, less so this past year though), Soccer Twitter has erupted. This tends to happen around holiday weeks and even more when Pro/Rel comes into the foray. But today, especially after what the masses have been asking for for over a year, finally happened, the world of Twitter is especially lit. It is the end of the controversial Jurgen Klinsmann era. *Mind you, this is not my personal take on it at all, just a documentation of what most of you are feeling. Here are a few highlights:
Let’s start with the vindication/revenge tweets. We know Benny. We know why. Sometimes a smile says more than words can, and it works both ways.
— Benny Feilhaber (@b_feilhaber22) November 21, 2016
Oddly professional, given their constant feuding, but very well done. Please no weird follow-up videos though (re: Nigel de Jong).
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 21, 2016
The cute/hard-to-criticize reply. Rachel Bonnetta doing it her way.
JILL ELLIS for USMNT 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dont @ me pic.twitter.com/78zduj3VBU
— Rachel Bonnetta (@rachelbonnetta) November 21, 2016
Tell us how you really feel… Wait, you did MLSist 😉
— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) November 16, 2016
Landon… everyone was waiting for this one. But we know if this was you last year, you might have been less gracious.
Never want to see someone lose their job. I have no doubt that this talented group of players will qualify for Russia '18 #USA 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) November 21, 2016
Well, of course, this happened. It’s going to give me nightmares for a while.
It had to be done. pic.twitter.com/eShOYM2F1x
— Matt Ufford (@mattufford) November 21, 2016
Lastly, the reality of it all. Let it sink in. Then stop celebrating and think rationally about solutions, real solutions that make lasting changes a generation from now. Because any short-term gains in the next two years may vanish if not backed up by developmental shifts in what soccer means to our youth. Support the game at all levels, top to bottom.
Is US Soccer in such a position that the only real candidates for top men's job is a) guy you just fired, and b) guy you fired before that?
— John Branch (@JohnBranchNYT) November 21, 2016
I shared a quote from a former assistant and head coach of the U.S. MNT, Timo Liekoski earlier today that may give some perspective to those who still have an open mind. As a nation, we often assume we have answers to everything but merely have identified problems. Rather than looking for a quick fix (i.e. – Bruce Arena, who will likely not accept a long-term contract), accept that real change comes with time, struggle, sacrifice, patience and respect.
— Chandrima Chatterjee (@chandrimatweets) November 21, 2016