Jurgen Klinsmann has been sacked as United States boss with his team bottom of their World Cup Qualifying group.
US Soccer president Sunil Gulati confirmed Klinsmann’s five-year reign is over in the wake of recent defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica.
The second of those defeats saw Costa Rica run out 4-0 winners to leave the US behind Trinidad & Tobago on goal difference and in danger of missing out on a World Cup for the first time since 1986.
A statement from Gulati read: “Today we made the difficult decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann, our head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team and Technical Director.
“We want to thank Jurgen for his hard work and commitment during these last five years. He took pride in having the responsibility of steering the program, and there were considerable achievements along the way.
“Many are aware of the historic victories, including leading us out of the Group of Death to the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but there were also lesser publicised efforts behind the scenes.
“He challenged everyone in the U.S. Soccer community to think about things in new ways, and thanks to his efforts we have grown as an organisation and expect there will be benefits from his work for years to come.
“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.
“With the next qualifying match in late March, we have several months to refocus the group and determine the best way forward to ensure a successful journey to qualify for our eighth-consecutive World Cup.”