There may be changes afoot for U.S. Soccer.
Dave Martinez of Empire of Soccer reports that Jurgen Klinsmann and Andi Herzog are meeting with Sunil Gulati and U.S. Soccer today. Whether this is a meeting about job security or just a general status update remains to be seen.
Klinsmann has always been a lightning rod for criticism, but his two recent losses to begin the fifth round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying have brought forth more consternation than ever. His tactical and personnel decisions against Mexico and Costa Rica have many pundits and writers scratching their heads. Perhaps U.S. Soccer is questioning whether the national team is in danger of failing to qualify for its first World Cup in several decades.
If Klinsmann was fired, who would replace him? Steven Goff of The Washington Post reports that the USSF has lined up LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena to take over. Arena managed the USMNT from 1998 through 2006, which includes a quarterfinal appearance at the 2002 World Cup.
So, we have this report and we will wait. If Klinsmann is going to be fired, now is the time to do it. The next qualifiers aren't until March, so a new coach and technical director would have a reasonable amount of time to get organized.
US Soccer spokesman confirms that Klinsmann is in Berlin to attend state dinner between Obama and Merkel. No meeting with Gulati today.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) November 17, 2016