Klinsmann’s USMNT Legacy Hinges On Copa America

Ethan Tait

The year is 2011 and Lex Luthor Bob Bradley is undergoing a rough stretch as the USMNT coach. Players are in desperate need of relief.

The US was searching for answers and an identity as the drop in form had fans and players hoping for a guiding light; a savior of sorts to lead the charge.

That man was German legend, Jürgen Klinsmann.

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He was the hero the country wanted, or so we thought. Klinsmann had over 100 caps for the German national team and stints with some of the best clubs all over Europe as a player (excluding Spurs). At this point in time in 2011, Klinsmann was unemployed following time as manager of the German national side and Bayern Munich.

With Klinsmann, we were supposed to take on the world, win the world, and truly become a dominant force (or so the average fan thought).

Personally, I was excited for the arrival of a big name in world football that was willing to take on the project that is US soccer. For the first time, in a long time big things seemed possible and not just by fate or Landon Donovan.

Fast-forward almost 5 years and Klinsmann is on the edge of unemployment once again.

Let’s review, shall we?

In his tenure, more Europe-based players have been brought into the side giving us the likes of Fabian Johnson, (a matured) John Brooks, Bobby Wood, and Christian Pulisic. Positive.

Losing to Jamaica in last year’s Gold Cup at home. Negative.


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Away wins against Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy were pretty clutch. Kudos, Klinsmann.

Leaving Donovan off the WC roster. F*cking dick move.

I’m still bitter…

In Klinsmann’s defense, he has been one of the better coaches for the USMNT, but we enjoy getting wins and titles and God damn it we want them now.

Could the Klinsmann era end prematurely? Possibly.

And will we regret it? Most definitely.

Copa America offers a lifeline and the last big opportunity for the German to truly leave his mark on this program and secure his future with the USMNT.

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