US sack Klinsmann
NEW YORK, UNITEDSTATED (AP):
Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as coach of the United States (US) football team, six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying.
Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is the favourite to succeed Klinsmann, and his hiring could be announced as early as today. Arena coached the national team from 1998 to 2006.
Qualifying resumes when the US host Honduras on March 24 and play four days later in Panama.
"While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction," US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said in a statement.
A former German star forward who has lived mostly in southern California since retiring as a player in 1998, Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley in July 2011 and led the team to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and the second round of the 2014 World Cup, where the Americans lost to Belgium in extra time.
But the US were knocked out by Jamaica in last year's Gold Cup semi-finals and lost to Mexico in a play-off for a Confederations Cup berth.