Jurgen Klinsmann released from US National Team

The 52-year-old Klinsmann, hired in July of 2011, leaves the US team in major trouble in its quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup (the USA still doesn't have a point in the World Cup qualifying hex and won't have a chance to earn one until March).

Klinsmann called the recent criticism of him "disrespectful".

"It is the defeat that hurts the most in my five years, there is no doubt about it", Klinsmann said after the loss in Costa Rica, that left the U.S.at the foot of the six-team final CONCACAF qualifying tournament that will send the top three finishers directly to the World Cup. In that moment, the USMNT looked poised for great things. Tim Howard set a new World Cup record for saves in the knockout round match against Belgium. In 2014, the USMNT escaped the "Group of Death" en route to the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup.

The U.S. opened the final round of CONCACAF's qualifying with a 2-1 home loss to Mexico. The U.S. also advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario with wins over Costa Rica, Paraguay, and Ecuador. US finished fourth in the 2015 Gold Cup, and had a rough start to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, losing to both Mexico and Costa Rica. There was so much hope and promise then. Klinsmann also won 12-straight matches, a US record. The Americans, in a friendly at least, could hang with the big boys.

A switch in formation to a 352 that had been used for just 45 minutes in Klinsmann's reign saw the U.S. played off the field in the first half against Mexico.

The straw that broke the camel's back.

"Today we made the hard decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann, our head coach of the US Men's National Team and technical director", US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. Who should the US hire?

Should they rally and earn one of this round's three automatic qualification slots for Russian Federation 2018, the United States would become the first team in CONCACAF history to finish in the top three of Hexagonal play after opening with two losses. Klinsmann was also responsible for the USMNT's first ever loss to Jamaica in Jamaica, which happened in 2012. Not only did the USA not ever challenge for the game, they didn't look like they belonged on the same field as the Argentina team.

He was let go after the team's first-round elimination in 2006. "I don't have some insane urge to kick a soccer ball again, but I do love this club, I do love this team, and I do love this organization'".

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