Sport Jurgen Klinsmann repeatedly said USMNT could make the 2018 World Cup semifinals

02:18  13 october  2017
02:18  13 october  2017 Source:   For The Win

USMNT Player Ratings: Failure all around as Americans miss out on World Cup

  USMNT Player Ratings: Failure all around as Americans miss out on World Cup The likes of Tim Howard, Omar Gonzalez and Jozy Altidore fell short as a nightmare scenario came to fruition for the U.S. national teamBut on an unfathomably dark day for U.S. Soccer, a finger must be pointed to the obvious constant in the Americans' World Cup qualifying struggles: a talented but underachieving generation of players.

Jurgen Klinsmann is aiming high for the next World Cup , and he has a very specific goal in mind: The World Cup semifinals . Jurgen Klinsmann , USMNT , Videos, World Cup , Soccer.

The best thing Klinsmann can do to make the USMNT better in 2015 is to throttle back the expectations he himself set for 2018 . Maybe the Americans can make a World Cup semifinal in 2018 .

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Twitter reacts to USMNT failing to qualify for World Cup

  Twitter reacts to USMNT failing to qualify for World Cup The US Men’s National Team on Tuesday lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago to finish fifth in their CONCACAF Hex, ensuring they would miss qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. The result was nothing short of a stunner, as many thought that the US would end up qualifying either by a win over Trinidad and Tobago, or by a draw and goal differential. Yet everything went wrong as the team lost while Honduras and Panama won, dropping them to fifth in the standings.

U.S. Soccer Fires USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann . Kevin Draper. Last week, Klinsmann made waves by coming out in support of a promotion-relegation system. Jürgen Klinsmann 's Goal Is A Semifinal At The 2018 World Cup .

USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann during a training session. [Image by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images]. Mexico was quick to hit the panic button during Qualifying for the 2014 World Cup , making several managerial changes, and they were barely able to qualify.

Jurgen Klinsmann said a lot of things during his time as USMNT head coach. That was one of the few aspects of his job that he was good at - he talked a big game.

But the problem with making ambitious, long-reaching statements is that he set himself up to fail spectacularly by doing nothing to make his predictions remotely possible. And that's partially why he was fired last November. But man, one bold Klinsmann proclamation looks really bad right now.

After the 2014 World Cup, which saw the USMNT escape the group of death and nearly steal a win against Belgium, Klinsmann laid out his blueprint and goals for the 2018 World Cup. If you're still hurting from Tuesday's embarrassing failure to qualify for the World Cup, well, this quote will won't help.

The USMNT Got What It Deserved By Failing To Qualify For 2018 World Cup

  The USMNT Got What It Deserved By Failing To Qualify For 2018 World Cup U.S. Soccer got what it deserved in missing the World Cup.Any dreams the United States had of going to the 2018 World Cup were smashed Tuesday night. The Americans played an awful match against Trinidad and Tobago, while Honduras and Panama were inspired in their quest for a berth in the world's biggest event. Given how the U.S. performed throughout qualifying, the reality is the Americans didn't deserve to reach the World Cup.

“ Jurgen Klinsmann had a project to unearth talent around the world that had American roots. USA vs. Panama, 2018 World Cup qualifying: Man of the match, community player ratings. How the USMNT can qualify for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

Defensively, at least, Jurgen Klinsmann , decided to test his center backs of the future. Making the Confederations Cup is a pretty big deal, and it is not inconceivable that Klinsmann will be fired if they fail. Sure, the USMNT now occasionally beats world powers like Italy and Germany in friendlies

Klinsmann said in 2014:

"This is our goal going towards Russia, not to stop at the Round of 16, maybe not to stop at the quarterfinal. To say clearly, listen, we have four years to prepare this cycle. Our goal is going to a semifinal in a World Cup. And that means a lot of work, a lot of competition, a lot of grind."

At the time, there was a lot of excitement about the U.S. men's program. They performed admirably against elite international talent in Brazil. The team beat Ghana, allowed a stoppage-time equalizer to Portugal, lost to the eventual champion Germany and was a Wondo airmail away from reaching the quarterfinal. Maybe Klinsmann was just excited. We were all excited and gave him a pass.

But then he said it again! In 2016. Months before he would get fired for failing to establish any direction tactically and organizationally, he said in a July 2016 interview with CNN:

"We set an ambitious goal for the 2018 World Cup - to reach the semifinals. And, if we start with the end goal in mind, we obviously want to win the World Cup one day. There are huge challenges, and it will take a lot of hard work. But things are definitely moving in the right direction. Our goals are challenging but achievable."

Taylor Twellman’s USMNT rant on ‘SportsCenter’ is perfect

  Taylor Twellman’s USMNT rant on ‘SportsCenter’ is perfect The United States men’s national team is not going to the 2018 World Cup after a disastrous 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, and understandably, the American soccer community is furious. The United States men’s national team is not going to the 2018 World Cup after a disastrous 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, and understandably, the American soccer community is furious. None more so than former USMNT player and current ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman, who went nuclear on SportsCenter after the game.

Filed to: jurgen klinsmann . For example, the vast majority of players that will take the pitch in the World Cup semifinal and beyond played in the Champions League this past season, while only Jermaine Jones and Julian Green on the USMNT can claim that distinction.

Read: Why can 't U.S. Soccer have its own LeBron James? "We set an ambitious goal for the 2018 World Cup -- to reach the semifinals . Can Klinsmann lead the USMNT to success? Have your say on our Facebook page.

Welp.

Obviously, the USMNT's failure to qualify wasn't all on Klinsmann. Bruce Arena was called in to replace Klinsmann with the simple goal of reaching the World Cup, and he failed. Still, it's hard not to cringe upon seeing Klinsmann speak about World Cup qualification as a foregone conclusion and repeatedly float a semifinal run as something fans should expect.

As tough as it is to accept, missing the World Cup was the wake-up call the USSF needed. These quotes, which aged terribly in hindsight, definitely suggested a change in mentality was needed … and needed now.

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Bruce Arena resigns from U.S. national team .
The former Galaxy coach left his U.S. role after the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 .NEWS: Bruce Arena has resigned as #USMNT head coach » https://t.co/R8UKP2xXexpic.twitter.com/iLwpKiuriN— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 13, 2017U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has yet to name a replacement.Arena had drawn scrutiny for his lineup choices against Trinidad & Tobago, as he eschewed the heavy rotation he used in past qualifiers and chose the same starting XI that recorded a 4-0 win over Panama on Friday in Orlando, Florida.

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