Not counting the January 2012 friendlies, in which the roster was comprised almost exclusively of players three or four notches down the depth chart for the USMNT, Klinsmann’s overall record now stands at a very unimpressive 6-6-3.
While some of the wins have been terrific, such as the away wins against Italy and Mexico, the six losses—to Jamaica, Brazil, France, Belgium, Costa Rica and Ecuador—have left a lot to be desired.
The rap on Klinsmann coming out of Germany was that his success in the 2006 World Cup was due more to Joachim Low’s tactical acumen than Klinsmann’s. In fact, several German players, most famously Philipp Lahm, threw Klinsmann under the bus, arguing that Klinsmann knows little about tactics and that the players themselves had to decide how they wanted to play before a match.
Klinsmann’s resume and positivity have done a lot to stunt criticism against him here in the U.S., particularly in a soccer culture that still gives almost automatic respect to anyone speaking in a foreign accent. But, after 13 months in charge, it is time to start seeing results before the U.S. faces the calamity of not qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.
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