Klinsmann was fired after the USA lost its first two
games in the Hexagonal. Losses at home to Costa Rica in September and at Trinidad & Tobago left the USA with a record of three wins, three ties and four losses for 12 points, its fewest ever in
Kicker dubbed Klinsmann "the father of the 2006 summer fairy tale" for coaching host Germany to the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup. He said U.S. was nevertheless on the rise and MLS was "a bit like a fairy tale."
"Sure, there are a lot of things to catch up on: in the youth academies, in the universities, in cross-linking the pieces," Klinsmann said. "But MLS is stable after 20 years. It has role-model character. It has a backbone, mostly thanks to [league co-founder] Phil Anschutz. He kept things together when they could have fallen apart. By now, MLS has caught up in the infrastructure. What happened in U.S. soccer in the past 20 years, that is a bit like a fairy tale. It still needs patience, but the league's getting stronger with every year."
Klinsmann has expressed interest in coaching a national team again.
"For me, a World Cup starts with the knockout stages," he said. "That's where I blossom. And if I don't have that perspective, I'd rather fly the helicopter."
In an interview with French sports newspaper L'Equipe, Klinsmann said he'll work as an analyst for the BBC alongside Gary Lineker during the 2018 World Cup. He had been in talks to take over Australia for the 2018 World Cup, but the Socceroos chose Dutchman Bert van Marwijk as their coach for the finals.