By the Numbers: The Klinsmann era

Jurgen Klinsmann departed as U.S. men's national team head coach with a  record of 55-27-16 (W-L-T) after five-plus years in charge (2011-16). Only Bruce Arena, considered Klinsmann's likely replacement, has won more games (71).

The 16 wins in 2013 were the most by the USA in any year in the history of the men's program.

The 12-game winning streak in 2013 that included three wins in June that propelled the USA into first place in the  Hexagonal and six games in July to win the Gold Cup is the longest in the history of the men's program.

The USA reached the World Cup finals for the seventh straight time under Klinsmann.

The USA's 2013 Gold Cup was its fifth after titles in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007.

The opening losses to Mexico and Costa Rica in the final round of World Cup 2018 qualifying in the Concacaf zone marked the first time the USA has opened the Hexagonal with two defeats in a row.
11 comments about "By the Numbers: The Klinsmann era".
  1. M Lamb, November 21, 2016 at 5:46 p.m.

    It is easy to take potshots at a coach when recent results are poor. Overall, American soccer benefited from Klinsmann's contacts and experience - his success in bringing in overseas players with US passports was outstanding. But it seems his lack of tactical acumen - the Mexico debacle was inexcusable - and perhaps hubris (see yesterday's interview) made a switch inevitable. So thanks, good luck, but I'm glad were turning the page.

  2. Ric Fonseca replied, November 21, 2016 at 6:36 p.m.

    M. Lamb, you make a great point about yesterday's interview, during which he takes a pot shot against those of us whom, paraphrasing him, he claims we don't know jack about futbol and then have the audacity of calling him out. And as for having benefited from his contacts and experience, ok, granted, but to have expected him to turn the program(s) around in a short time period of five years, is shortsighted. I't be a boon and a possible good executive decision to bypass Arena and focus on someone who literally and figuratively speaking actually KNOWS the US soccer scene as a youth player, high school, collegiate, semi-pro and pro, the US Soccer mentality as a WC USA 94 coach, MLS coach, knows the US coaching pool, none other than SIGI SCHMID. Arena's fame comes not so much from an actual player (scholastic/collegiate) but having gotten his start as a college coach, and then had the luck to be named to the USMNT and MLS cups. So, if I had the distinction of selecting the next coach, my bet is placed on Schmid... that is unless Sunil goes with Brucie, then the head job for the LAG goes to Sigi.

  3. Ric Fonseca, November 21, 2016 at 6:39 p.m.

    Oooops, I forgot to emphasize that Schmid DOES know the US player pool, and has his finger on it as well as the pulse of US Soccer. One thing for sure, let's hope that Sunil does not reach and sign a coach from abroad!

  4. M Lamb replied, November 21, 2016 at 7:51 p.m.

    Ric - I agree with you about Schmid. I was in grad school at UCLA when Schmid was there, I had played at a small college in LA (Occidental) years earlier and so got to know the team, who won the national title that year (1990); Schmid was a master at getting the most out of his players and something of a genius. Also, as you note, Schmid pretty much qualifies as an American coach notwithstanding his German birthplace, given his deep experience as a US college player, college coach and pro coach in America. Sunil could do worse, that's for sure, than tapping Sigi.

  5. Bill Airsman, November 21, 2016 at 7:41 p.m.

    If Bruce Arena really wants it then fine, though imo we should be looking at younger coaches. Bruce seemed tired this year.

  6. Gak Foodsource, November 21, 2016 at 10:10 p.m.

    0: number of talented players we've developed since Clint Dempsey.

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, November 24, 2016 at 5:01 a.m.


  8. cisco martinez, November 21, 2016 at 10:19 p.m.

    Give it to Arena until the end of the World Cup and then decide on a direction for US soccer. Our team needs to play better and Arena is proven at the Club stage and international level. After the World Cup let's take a look at Vermes, Kinnear, Pareja, possibly Ramos, or another European. Arena has the ability to make an average team great and minimized our weakness with formations, tactics, and soccer smarts.

  9. Delroy Wallace, November 22, 2016 at 7:52 a.m.

    Who US Soccer wants to coach may not be available. The names bandied about (Arena, Schmid , or whoever, are already known quantities. Is this what US Soccer needs? The same stale soccer? Bruce had an unusual time years ago with quality defenders, Pope, Sanneh, and youthful exuberance in Donovan, Beasley and a few others. How long has Bradley, and a few others been around? The program lacks good development! It would be good to be pleasantly surprised, but until we have quality technical players at every position, with pace, and good vision, we will be having this carousel of coaches ever so often. Our expectations do not match reality.

  10. Delroy Wallace, November 22, 2016 at 7:56 a.m.

    Let's compare apples to apples. What was the record of all coaches used ny US Soccer during their first 5 years?

  11. Soccer Pop, November 22, 2016 at 9:21 a.m.

    Until we accept the mindset of how the powerhouse soccer countries approach soccer, will never rise beyond a round of 16. Lower level soccer in US is all about $. There is so much talent in the US that nevers get a look because kids can't afford tuition or parents can't afford to get a kid to and from training on a regular basis. US is one of most populated countries in the world and yet we cannot become competitive on the men's side of soccer at the int'l level like other sports.

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