The Jurgen Klinsmann era came to an end after more than five years as U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati relieved the German of his duties as head coach and technical director of the U.S. Men’s National Team on Monday.
Klinsmann was hired in July 2011 as Bob Bradley’s successor and coached in 98 games, the second-most in USMNT history behind Bruce Arena. There were some highs like the 2013 Gold Cup triumph and a semifinal appearance in the Copa America Centenario this past summer. Guiding the U.S. through the group of death at the 2014 World Cup and into the round of 16 was also a solid achievement.
However, there were quite a few low points. The fourth-place finish at the 2015 Gold Cup was the USMNT’s worst result at the tournament since 2000. Guatemala became the lowest-ranked team to defeat the U.S. earlier this year in the fourth round of World Cup qualifying, plus the U.S. had never lost its first two matches of the Hexagonal phase until this cycle.
Klinsmann also brought in several dual nationals like John Brooks. He gave Bobby Wood a chance to shine and Jordan Morris burst onto the scene after the German tactician capped him in 2014.
With all of this in mind, how would you rate the Klinsmann era? Have your say in Monday’s SBI Question of the Day and explain your choice in the comments below.