U.S. men's national soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann out

U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been relieved of his duties, U.S. Soccer announced Monday.

In charge of the national team since 2011, Klinsmann had a record of 55-27-16 and led the U.S. to the Round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup.

He has been under increased pressure since the U.S. lost 4-0 to Costa Rica on Tuesday during World Cup qualifying, following a 2-1 loss to Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 11.

"Many are aware of the historic victories, including leading us out of the Group of Death to the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but there were also lesser publicized efforts behind the scenes," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "He challenged everyone in the U.S. Soccer community to think about things in new ways, and thanks to his efforts we have grown as an organization and expect there will be benefits from his work for years to come.

"While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction. With the next qualifying match in late March, we have several months to refocus the group and determine the best way forward to ensure a successful journey to qualify for our eighth-consecutive World Cup."

Former national team coach Bruce Arena is expected to be named as Klinsmann's replacement on Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the decision told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because Arena's appointment has not been made official.


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