Why isn't Klinsmann getting more credit?
Given all the hand-wringing about the way the U.S. advanced to the final round of World Cup qualifying, you'd think the national team was about to close 2012 with its worst single-season winning percentage rather than its best.
You read that right. With just one game left this year, a Nov. 14 friendly in Russia, Jurgen Klinsmann's squad will at least equal the current high-water mark of a .750 winning percentage set in 2008 under Bob Bradley, the man Klinsmann replaced as U.S. coach in July 2011.
That's pretty astonishing considering the skepticism Klinsmann was facing just a few weeks ago, and it raises this question: Is Klinsmann getting the credit he deserves?
Aside from a surprise loss in Jamaica that made the semifinal round of qualifying more dramatic than it needed to be, Klinsmann's first full year at the helm could be considered wildly successful.