I'm trying to do a good job, says beleaguered Klinsmann

Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:52am EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PASADENA, California (Reuters) - United States coach Juergen Klinsmann was once again preparing to come under the harsh glare of scrutiny after his team lost their CONCACAF Cup playoff match to Mexico 3-2 in extra time on Saturday.

Klinsmann had already been savaged by his critics after the U.S. produced their worst performance in 15 years at the Gold Cup in July, though his contract with U.S. Soccer is set to run through the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

While the U.S. did well to come back twice from a goal down to an impressive Mexico team at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, they have now won only once in their last five matches.

"I don't need to say anything," German Klinsmann, 51, said during a news conference when asked how he would respond to his critics. "Everybody can express his opinion and not everybody likes you.

"That's totally fine. I'm not here to be liked. I'm trying to do a good job and I'm privileged to have that role and represent the U.S. Soccer program.

"So I do my best ... and leave the judgment out there for ... people who want to express themselves. Fair enough to have your opinion."

Klinsmann has set a lofty goal of the U.S. reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup but that target looked a very distant proposition when the Americans were stunned 2-1 by lowly Jamaica in the Gold Cup semi-final in July.


Oct 10, 2015; Pasadena, CA, USA; United States coach Juergen Klinsmann reacts during a 3-2 loss in overtime against Mexico in CONCACAF Cup match at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports