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Sport Klinsmann: World Cup failure set US back several years

03:08  17 april  2018
03:08  17 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Herculez Gomez says Jurgen Klinsmann shares in the blame for the USMNT's World Cup failure , which Klinsmann says set the U . S . back several years . " We talk about the top six clubs in the world here," Klinsmann said.

"It's been set back by several years ," Klinsmann said. "That was a huge disappointment. Jurgen Klinsmann believes the United States ' failure to qualify for the World Cup has set it back . " We talk about the top six clubs in the world here," Klinsmann said.

Jurgen Klinsmann wearing a uniform© Provided by Goal.com Former U.S. men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann said the team's failure to make the 2018 World Cup has set the program back "by several years."

Klinsmann was in charge of the United States from 2011 until November 2016, when he was fired after his team lost its first two Hexagonal matches to Mexico and Costa Rica.

LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena was installed as Klinsmann's successor, but his second stint in charge of the U.S. ended in disaster.

Arena had the U.S. on the verge of qualifying for Russia 2018 after a massive 4-0 win over Panama in the penultimate match of qualifying, but the U.S. shockingly fell 2-1 at Trinidad & Tobago in its final game to crash out.

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The manager said his former side was too overconfident ahead of its fateful defeat at Trinidad & Tobago in October.

Former U . S . men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann said the team's failure to make the 2018 World Cup has set the program back "by several years ." Klinsmann was in charge of the United States from 2011 until November 2016

Missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986 will have dire consequences for the program, according to the former coach.

"It's been set back by several years," Klinsmann told Kicker.

"That was a huge disappointment. The qualification really was never in doubt, but then the lads had a blackout versus Trinidad & Tobago.

"They only needed a point, were too sure of that and underestimated that final match."

Despite the huge setback, Klinsmann is still bullish on the future of soccer in the United States.

"Despite that low point, the football [in the U.S.] is still on the rise," the 53-year-old said.

"Sure, there are a lot of things to catch up on: in the youth academies, in the universities, in joining up the pieces," Klinsmann said.

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Former U . S . men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann said the team's failure to make the 2018 World Cup has set the program back "by several years ." Klinsmann was in charge of the United States from 2011 until November 2016

The manager said his former side was too overconfident ahead of its fateful defeat at Trinidad & Tobago in October.

"But MLS is stable after 20 years. It has role-model character. It has a backbone, mostly thanks to [league co-founder] Phil Anschutz. He kept things together when they could have fallen apart.

"By now, MLS has caught up in the infrastructure. What happened in U.S. soccer in the past 20 years, that is a bit like a fairy tale.

"It still needs patience, but the league's getting stronger with every year."

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