"Really, starting at the  Gold Cup, we've had some very up-and-down results," Gulati added. "The Gold Cup was a big disappointment for everyone - for Jurgen, for the players, for our fans. We had a chance for a reprieve against Mexico, didn't get that done in Los Angeles. And then had an upswing at Copa America, where after a bad start, we won three consecutive games and got to the semifinals. Then, of course, finished with a disappointing game against Argentina, and that last one [loss] against Colombia. So all of those things are part of the evaluation. It's not just those. It's the most recent results. It's talking with people in and around the team, which we do on a pretty regular basis."Gulati and U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynnflew to Los Angeles and met with Klinsmann on Monday morning to advise him of the decision that was made after consultation with the U.S. Soccer board of directors on Sunday night.
He would not say what would happen to the rest of Klinsmann's staff -- notably, top assistant
Andi Herzog, who served as U-23 coach during the failed Olympic qualifying bid -- but he added that Arena would pick his staff over the next few weeks. No decision on a technical director has
been made, but Gulati said Tab Ramos, another Klinsmann assistant and the U-20 men's head coach, already handled many of the responsibilities as youth technical director.
Gulati praised Klinsmann for his big-picture skills, on "the seriousness of how players approach the game and their craft" and how "he was elevated the program around the world." He also noted how Klinsmann brought young players into the team: Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood or Jordan Morris.
But he tied the program back to the future, noting the work that Bob Bradley and Arena had done before Klinsmann.
"He came into a program that had a very solid foundation in my view," said Gulati. "In his own way, he’s built on that and Bruce will continue that process.”