(RNN) – U.S. Soccer fired Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team on Tuesday.
The U.S. has struggled in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, losing its last two matches; a 2-1 home loss to rivals Mexico on Nov. 11 and a 4-0 loss to Cost Rica on Nov. 15.
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati thanked Klinsmann for the past five years, including leading the team to a second-place finish in the "Group of Death" during the 2014 World Cup.
"While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction," Gulati's statement reads.
Klinsmann took over as coach of the team in July 2011 and leaves with a 55-27-16 record.
Former national team and current L.A. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is rumored to be the favorite to succeed Klinsmann.