Clint Dempsey

It's hard to see Jurgen Klinsmann pulling U.S. out of this hole

It's hard to see Jurgen Klinsmann pulling U.S. out of this hole

If there’s been one constant in Jurgen Klinsmann’s five-year reign atop the U.S. national soccer team, it’s inconsistency, with every invigorating high followed by a devastating low.

In his second full year as U.S. coach, Klinsmann won 16 games — 13 of them in a row — and compiled a .761 winning percentage, all national team records. The next year the U.S. went 6-5-4 and got thumped by Ireland.

In 2013 the U.S. rolled through the Gold Cup unbeaten, outscoring opponents, 20-4. Two years later the Americans didn’t even make the final.

But now the team has hit rock bottom and it’s hard to see it bouncing back this time. Less than...

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