ESPN"s Michael Wilbon to U.S. soccer coach: Get lost

Michael Wilbon and Jurgen Klinsmann. (YouTube/AFP)

Michael Wilbon and Jurgen Klinsmann. (YouTube/AFP)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

One of America's foremost sports pundits pointed his finger at the door and told the U.S. men's soccer coach to "get the hell out."

Michael Wilbon erupted Thursday into a mini rant on Pardon The Interruption, a show he co-hosts on ESPN, that attacked Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S.’s World Cup bench boss.

Klinsmann has faced some backlash recently. The 49-year-old German was brutally honest in a New York Times profile published Wednesday, saying the U.S. "cannot win this World Cup."

"For us, we have to play the game of our lives seven times to win the tournament," Klinsmann told the Times.

The U.S., which will compete in the suffocating Group G (Germany, Portugal, Ghana) starting June 16, is considered a middle-of-the-pack team with little chance of making noise in Brazil.

Wilbon, set off by another Klinsmann remark in the Times story that basically stated aging NBA start Kobe Bryant is overpaid, let loose on the 35th coach in the history of America's men's program.

"I've known Kobe Bryant. And you, Mr. Klinsmann, are no damn Kobe Bryant," Wilbon started.

"I mean, seriously, Mr. Klinsmann now wants to tell all of American sports how to work. Get the hell out. Get out of America. If everything here -- you want to coach this team, fine. You haven't won anything. You're so gutless you went out and said 'Oh, our team can't win, we can't win.' You're supposed to be such a great coach, why are they paying you? They're apparently paying you for something you did not only yesterday, but somewhere else about 4,000 miles away."

"I repeat: Get the hell out. When did Klinsmann become an expert on American sports?"

A World Cup winner as a player in 1990, Klinsmann has also been criticized for leaving the U.S.’s all-time leading scorer, Landon Donovan, off the roster.

Klinsmann's national team contract is good through 2018.


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