The U.S. Soccer Federation announced its removal of Men’s National Coach Jurgen Klinsmann after a poor run of form in World Cup Qualifying this past week. The 0-2 Loss to Guatemala last week was in many eyes the straw that broke the camel’s back even though they were able to avenge the loss in 4-0 fashion on Tuesday in Nashville. For many, the lackluster performances in the Gold Cup 2015 with key losses to Jamaica and Panama placed Klinsmann under scrutiny. The loss last Friday that left Team U.S.A.’s World Cup Qualifying bid in some jeopardy combined with U.S.A. missing out on the Summer Olympics in Rio is what ultimately led to his dismissal.
What is lost on the National level has been gained in New Jersey though as NJ Youth Soccer has added a very experienced Director in Klinsmann. Mr. Klinsmann has been very active over his tenure as the MNT Director with youth soccer initiatives in this country. His involvement in the State of New Jersey is no coincidence as he has been quoted saying “man of the best players of all different nationalities are found in the Garden State.” Klinsmann has already gone as far as saying he will be heavily involved in the Birth Year transition this Fall and plans to be pro-active in many EDP and Showcase Tournaments this Spring. We should be happy to have him as his experience is vast and can provide New Jersey soccer a bright future through all aspects of development.
Klinsmann may not have been the leader we needed at the National Level, but at the State level in NJ he could be the difference we need to move forward. I know I am happy to have him and he is enthusiastic in his approach saying “New Jersey is a budding hub for soccer in the Eastern United States and beyond.” He closed his farewell statement to the media by saying “If this wasn’t completely an April Fools joke, I would be happy to take over in NJ because some of the best soccer this country has to offer is played there.