The news of the U.S. National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann being released from his roles as manager and technical director after the USMNT lost to Mexico and Costa Rica during the 2018 World Cup qualifying was not a surprise to many in the soccer world.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati relieved Klinsmann of his duties following a 55-27-16 record since starting his tenure on July 29, 2011. The German-player-turned-U.S.-coach earned a number of achievements during his time with the USMNT including leading the USMNT into the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and a fourth place finish in the Copa America Centenario.

Donovan's Curse

In 2014, Klinsmann cut the soccer star Landon Donovan from the roster prior to the World Cup in Brazil. Controversial to say the least, this decision left a sour taste in Donovan's mouth, and the player was very vocal about it.

"If you can't beat Guatemala at home in a World Cup qualifier then you probably shouldn't be the coach," Donovan said on the Dan Patrick Show. "It's as simple as that."

Not long ago, in March, Donovan along with his former MLS teammate Jimmy Conrad said Klinsmann should be fired if the U.S. team did not qualify for the World Cup in Russia in 2018. The message was hardly a surprise as neither USMNT alumnus is a big fan of Jurgen Klinsmann according to a report of Fox Sports.

"The guy in charge gives mixed messages, plays guys out of position, throws players under the bus in the press after the game, never starts the same lineup twice in a row, and never holds himself accountable." Conrad said on an interview with Fox Sports.

From the 2014 FIFA World Cup on, it has gone downhill for Klinsmann.

In the 2016 Copa America, the "Centenario", the national team made it to the semi-finals, but looked like a lower division team being destroyed by Argentina in the semis and then losing to Colombia in the consolation match. Then recently, the two qualifying losses to Mexico and Costa Rica were apparently just more than U.S.

Soccer could take. The team was not only running in place, but looking like they could slip even further into irrelevance on the world stage.

Donovan's Thoughts

After the news got out about Klinsmann's firing, the LA Galaxy player, reached out by sending a gracious note about the former coach.

In a tweet, Donovan expressed regret that Klinsmann had to lose his job, though the ex-national team star did not say whether or not he supported U.S. Soccer's decision. Donovan still hopes that the U.S. qualifies for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The MLS legend, and LA Galaxy forward, even took to creating a special hashtag on his twitter account "#stillbelieve

LA Galaxy current coach and general manager, Bruce Arena, himself a former U.S.

men's national team coach, is reportedly the favorite to replace Klinsmann. Arena was neutral when asked about Donovan's snub from the USMNT prior to the '14 Cup, but did assert that Donovan was better than many of the 23 selected.

If Arena is announced as new USMNT coach, would he consider the 34 year-old Donovan for the 2018 Cup in Russia? I guess time will tell.

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