Jurgen Klinsmann has been the manager of the United States National team since 2011 leading the team to a 43-14-21 record (W-L-D). Klinsmann’s main impact on the team has been through the cultivation and revamping of the youth system. For the first time in a while the United States has many excited young players like Julian Green, Deandre Yedlin and Perry Kitchen who could contribute at the national level. Despite this though, many fans and reporters alike have called for his release, questioning the lack of creativity and his roster choices for the current first team players. Even USWNT star Abby Wambach chimed in saying in December “Oh man, I would definitely fire Jurgen,”
The trouble began in 2014, when Klinsmann left aging veteran Landon Donovan off the 2014 World Cup Roster. Calling this “The most difficult decision of his career” Klinsmann received much slack from the media and fans for this despite the team’s berth in the round of 16. He followed up this performance with a subpar tournament performance taking fourth in the Gold Cup. This poor performance strengthened the calls for his dismissal. And with the Copa America being played on american soil it will be important for the USMNT (United States Men’s National Team) to play well. A good showing in which the young players Christian Pulisic, Deandre Yedlin and Gyasi Zardes play well and show the impact Klinsmann has had on the youth system would go a long way in saving his job. But with a tough group filled with Colombia, Paraguay, and Costa Rica it might be tough for the United States to advance, which could be the nail in the coffin for Klinsmann.