The USMNT got thrashed by Costa Rica 4-nil last night to complete an embarrassing start to World Cup Qualifying.
In the last 16 months, Jurgen Klinsmann has steered the USMNT to an atrocious (and historically bad) 4th place finish in the Gold Cup, a failure to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, a loss in the CONCACAF Cup, back-to-back losses in the Hex (one a historic home loss to Mexico, and the other a ludicrous display). Yes he did manage to sandwich a surprising run to 4th place in the Copa America Centenario this past summer, but that sure looks like a slight hiccup on his runaway dumpster fire of a career.
If we’re lucky, Costa Rica’s Estadio Nacional may very well be Jurgen Klinsmann’s Waterloo (if you’re a regular reader of this site, you’ll know I have favorite nouns and syntactical constructions. Some of my favorites are: “_____________, my favorite whipping boy,” and usually that blank is reserved for Caleb Porter or Klinsmann. But I also like “___________ was ___________’s Waterloo” as in Sporting Park was Sigi’s Waterloo). Seriously Klinsmann’s Waterloo feels about right. For those limited on their 19th Century European history, Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of the First French Empire, lost the Battle of Waterloo thus ending almost two decades of a small man’s psychotic control over Europe. While Jurgen has abdicated Europe for sunny SoCal, he is a small man power tripping with US Soccer for what’s felt like 2 decades.
The wait may finally be over. Though all of our #jurgenout and #fireklinsmann cries have fallen on the deaf ears of US Soccer head Sunil Gulati, even Jurgen’s biggest apologist can’t deny the team has quit on the coach.