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Jurgen Klinsmann fired as head coach of USA national team

Klinsmann, a Tottenham club legend, was let go after USA dropped its first two World Cup Qualifying matches in the Hex.

Mexico v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Jurgen Klinsmann
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U.S. Soccer has done what most people have called for in recent days, firing USA Men’s National Team Head Coach and Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann. USA opened its World Cup Qualifying campaign in the Hexagonal with two bad losses to Mexico and Costa Rica, and it was enough for US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati to make a change at the top.

Klinsmann had a brief tenure at Tottenham Hotspur as a player in 1994-95 but scored 21 goals that season and is considered a club legend. He is still extremely popular with Tottenham supporters to this day. Klinsmann had managed USA since 2011, and before that managed Germany and Bayern Munich.

Two former Tottenham players were regulars for USA during Klinsmann’s tenure: Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin. Current Spurs player Cameron Carter-Vickers received his first call-up to the full national team in this past international break, though he did not take the field.

There has been no announcement as to who will replace Klinsmann as USA head coach, though speculation has centered around former USMNT head coach Bruce Arena.