US women’s football legend Abby Wambach has called for Jurgen Klinsmann to be sacked as manager of the men’s national team.
Klinsmann has been criticised recently for selecting players born in Germany such as Jermaine Jones and Fabian Johnson as opposed to US-born stars.
Wambach has scored 184 goals for the women’s national team and added a World Cup winner’s medal to her two Olympic titles in the summer.
The US women’s all-time leading scorer, who is set to retire after the USA’s match against China this week, has extended the criticism and thinks US Soccer should fire the former German boss.
"I would definitely fire Jurgen," Wambach said on the Bill Simmons Podcast released on Wednesday. "Sorry, Sunil (Gulati, US Soccer president), sorry, US Soccer, but I don't think the litmus test on him has worked."
Klinsmann has been in charge of the US men’s team since 2011 and has commonly bolstered his squad with dual-citizen players – not uncommon elsewhere in the world.
However, Wambach thinks he is doing it at the expense of giving homegrown youngsters a chance to show their worth.
"He hasn't really focused, I feel, enough attention on the youth programs," she said. "Although he says he has I don't think that he has.
"The way that he has brought in a bunch of these foreign guys is not something I believe in wholeheartedly. I don't believe in it, I don't believe in it in my heart.
"It seems to me there are too many egos in our men's program right now and the bigger ego of all of them is the one who is leading the charge."