Jürgen Klinsmann sacked by US national team

The announcement, made on Monday evening, comes off the back of consecutive defeats to Costa Rica and Mexico

BY Cian Roche 21:10 Monday 21 November 2016, 21:10 21 Nov 2016

Image: Jeff Roberson / AP/Press Association Images

Jürgen Klinsmann has parted ways with the US men's national team, after US Soccer announced on Monday 'the form and growth of the team up to this point left them convinced that they needed to go in a different direction'.

The decision comes on the back of consecutive defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica during their World Cup qualifying campaign. 

Klinsmann led the US to a memorable World Cup campaign in 2014, where they were narrowly beaten by Belgium in the round of 16 of the competition. 

"Today we made the difficult decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann, our head coach of the US men’s national team and technical director," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati.

"We want to thank Jürgen 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 US 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. 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."

The US prepare for their next qualifying game in 2017 against Panama on March 28th.

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