What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann

"[What] happened now the last two or three years is very sad. It's really sad because the team belonged [in] Russia. They belonged in the World Cup. The qualification was pretty much done and then it happened, the big disaster in Trinidad which no one could ever have imagined. So this threw back the whole national team program for many years because now there is a lack of belief, there is a lack of enthusiasm, there is a lack of leadership. So it's a very difficult job now that Gregg Berhalter has on his hands to rebuild an entire program when we were actually in a good place. As I said, I'd take that team in Russia to the final eight, maybe even the final four because there was a building block there and there was a plan for it and the plan got interrupted and it got even more interrupted when the U.S. didn't qualify for Russia. So hopefully they get it back on track and I keep my fingers crossed for Gregg that he gets all the support he needs to get it on the right track."

-- Former U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann on the decline of the national team, which failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after seven straight trips to the finals. Klinsmann was fired after the USA lost the first two games of the Hexagonal, and his successor, Bruce Arena, resigned after a 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago eliminated the USA from the World Cup. (ESPN)
4 comments about "What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann".
  1. Kevin Leahy, January 8, 2020 at 10:19 a.m.

    Nothing that was going on when he was fired would, make you think the USMNT would qualify for Russia! It is a wonder he can get his head through the door. Maybe if he got the players to drink the same kool aid he was. Had a great deal of respect for Klinsmann the player but, he is in need of a reality check!! 

  2. John Soares, January 8, 2020 at 12:25 p.m.

    "Good" to see nothing has changed.
    Blame anyone and everyone else.
    Wonder what kind of poster he uses instead of a mirror.

  3. John DiFiore, January 8, 2020 at 4:17 p.m.

    Still delusional... 

  4. Bob Ashpole, January 8, 2020 at 6:40 p.m.

    I am no JK fan, but I agree with him. On that last day for the US not to go forward, all three matches had to end in upsets. I don't recall that every happening before. Still the US controlled their own destiny. They utterly failed, however, to get a result.

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