I'm sure you've already read countless reports, columns and hot takes on Jurgen Klinsmann's firing. You don't need to read another one from me. So I'm going to keep this short, and just highlight a few quotes from U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati's conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon.

The first came in response to a question from Sam Borden of the New York Times, who asked about the commitment Gulati made to Klinsmann in time, money and other resources over many years:

Jurgen is somebody that we tried to contract at a couple of different points along the way, and [we] invested a lot of time and resources in doing that.
His track record over the last five and a half years - I mean, the track record of our last three coaches, win-loss percentages, is by far the best we've had among any coaches in our history. That's Bruce in his first go-round, which is actually the highest win-loss percentage; Jurgen; and Bob Bradley. These decisions are always hard. Because in the three cases that we're talking about, all either were or became close personally - which makes things harder.
In the case of Bruce, we've known each other now for the better part of 30 years. So that was a hard decision, because of everything not only I had invested, but the Federation had invested. And as I think has become clear, we don't make these decisions based purely on emotion - at all on emotion - but try to be methodical about them.
To give our coaches the appropriate amount of time, to make sure that what they're trying to implement in our program is given sufficient time, that players are given sufficient reaction time.
So that wasn't easy yesterday, at a personal level or at a professional level. But it's something I felt we had to do in order to put ourselves in the best possible position going forward for the next 18 months.

The second came from ESPN's Jeff Carlisle, who asked Gulati to expand on reasons why Klinsmann was dismissed beyond the two latest World Cup qualifying losses:

It's an overall record, and you get new data points. These last two games were obviously important data points, because of the importance of the games, where they were played, and the results.
Really, starting at the [2015] Gold Cup, we've had some very up-and-down results. The Gold Cup was a big disappointment for everyone - for Jurgen, for the players, for our fans. We had a chance for a reprieve against Mexico, didn't get that done in Los Angeles.
And then had an upswing at Copa América, where after a bad start, we won three consecutive games and got to the semifinals. Then, of course, finished with a disappointing game against Argentina, and that last one [loss] against Colombia.
So all of those things are part of the evaluation. It's not just those. It's the most recent results. It's talking with people in and around the team, which we do on a pretty regular basis. It's all of those things combined, Jeff, that led to the decision.

A few minutes later, Gulati said this in response to a question on the same subject from Yahoo! Sports' Leander Schaerlaeckens:

Where we would have liked to see the team? The easiest metric, the one that's most important for all of us in this business, is wins and losses. So where we would have liked to see the team is, in an ideal world, 2-0 [in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup]. But 0-2 put us in a very difficult position.
So, where would we have liked to see the team? We would have liked to see the team playing in the Confederations Cup next summer, either by winning this last Gold Cup - we did win the penultimate one [in 2013] - or by winning that playoff game [between the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cup champions]. I think those are two big things. We would have liked to see the Olympic team in Brazil.
If I could pick three things, those would be the three: We'd like to have had a better start to the Hex, we'd have liked to see the team in Rio, and we'd like to be playing in the Confederations Cup next summer.

The final notable remark came in response to questions I asked, as follows:

Jurgen talked often about how much he wanted there to be more pressure on the national team program, on the players, on the clubs, on him, on the whole American soccer community. Do you think he got it? Do you think that changed during his tenure? And do you think it's going to increase, and perhaps influence the decisions you make going toward 2018 and beyond?

Well, I don't think there's any doubt that pressure has increased on everyone involved in the game. Whether that's players, coaches, administrators, leaders or anything else.
I think that's a reflection on two or three things. One is, obviously, changes in technology and the speed of information and social media - [that] adds a dimension of pressure that wouldn't have been the same for Bruce in his first go-round [as national team head coach, from 1999 to 2006].
Two, our fans are far more intelligent about the game. They watch the game, they're passionate about the game, they're involved in the game. So our fans know the game in a way that may not have been the case in such numbers 20 years ago, or even 15 years ago. So we've got a group of sophisticated and educated fans who are very passionate about our national team. That's a good thing.
And then the last is, obviously, the number of people involved in the game as fans has increased dramatically. So not only do we have more fans, we have more educated and passionate fans, and we have more educated, passionate fans with a way to express their views [through] social media.
I think all of those things are important in this process, and certainly do lead to more pressure. Those are all positives, and we don't view those as negatives.
Clearly, in situations where we've had some bad results, and everyone feels pressure - no one likes to face the firing squad, as it were, in terms of media or fans that are upset about something. But that's a natural part of the growth of the game, and that certainly is a very big positive.

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