How the soccer world is reacting to Jurgen Klinsmann's firing
After days of speculation, U.S. Soccer fired men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann on Monday.
Klinsmann was sacked after the U.S. began CONCACAF's hexagonal phase of 2018 World Cup qualifying with losses to Mexico and Costa Rica.
Klinsmann, who coached the United States to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup, was also relieved of his duties as technical director.
While most current players have remained mum on the issue, a few have vocalized their opinions–including a couple of players frozen out by Klinsmann during his time in charge. Here's how the soccer world reacted to the news on Twitter.
😁— Benny Feilhaber (@b_feilhaber22) November 21, 2016
1) Hurts even more now that I couldn't suit up in our last two qualifiers. Sorry to see Jurgen go.— Geoff Cameron (@GeoffCameron) November 22, 2016
He did a lot for us as players
2)& elevated US Soccer to another level whether people see that or not. I would like to thank him and all his staff. Wish you all the best!— Geoff Cameron (@GeoffCameron) November 22, 2016
Just landed in Seattle. No wifi on flight. Anything interesting happen?— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) November 21, 2016
Thank you coach klinsmann for believing in me when America didn't and making my dreams a reality to play for the national team again💯💯— Eddie Johnson (@eddie_johnson7) November 22, 2016
Sad to see Juergen go, I think he did make some great strides for the game here in America and i personally enjoyed playing for him.— DaMarcus Beasley (@DaMarcusBeasley) November 22, 2016
Please don't read into my tweets like that.... I said lol cuz it's a shame how bad people wanted to see this man fired..— Joe Gyau (@36finest) November 21, 2016
When he genuinely cared for the players..If it wasn't for him and his support I wouldn't have been able to get some of the rehab for my knee— Joe Gyau (@36finest) November 21, 2016
Called me into my first camp ever and started me and I played 90 minutes. Even after I got hurt still checked on me every month for 1.5 yrs— Joe Gyau (@36finest) November 21, 2016
Sad to say, but Jurgen Klinsman will allways be remembered for his failure to recruit Lebron James to play every positon— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) November 21, 2016
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play for my country & for giving me the chance to wear the most beautiful crest in the world.🙏🏻🇺🇸— Gregory Garza (@gmgarza4) November 21, 2016
YES!!!!!!!— Fire Jurgen (@IsJurgenFired) November 21, 2016
US Soccer attempting to bury news of Jurgen Klinsmann's firing while America totally engrossed in West Brom's epic rumble with Burnley— roger bennett (@rogbennett) November 21, 2016
LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is reportedly the favorite to replace Klinsmann as the USMNT's new manager.