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...