FOUR MORE YEARS
Klinsmann gets new deal from U.S. Soccer
CHICAGO - The United States Soccer Federation must be happy with what head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has done with the U.S. National Team. After qualifying for the World Cup at the top of CONCACAF, and winning the Gold Cup, Klinsmann has been give a four year contract extension which will take him through 2018.
As part of the new deal, Klinsmann also becomes the Technical Director for U.S. Soccer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"One of the reasons we hired Jurgen as our head coach was to advance the program forward and we've seen the initial stages of that happening on the field and also off the field in various areas," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "In the past two years he has built a strong foundation from the senior team down to the youth teams and we want to continue to build upon that success."
Klinsmann has been at the helm for more than two years, compiling an overall record of 27-10-7. In 2013, he led the U.S. to one of the most successful years in MNT history, highlighted by the first place finish in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The team captured its fifth Gold Cup title, winning all six matches en route to the championship. The USA defeated No. 2-ranked Germany and also set single year records for wins (16), winning percentage (.761), and consecutive wins (12).
"I am very fortunate to continue the work we started more than two and half years ago," said Klinsmann. "It's exciting to see the progress we have made, and we continue to make improvements on all fronts. The role of Technical Director is a huge challenge and also a huge opportunity as we look to keep connecting the dots to the Youth National Teams, Coaching Education, the Development Academy and the grassroots efforts in this country. These are fascinating topics and I am excited work with so many talented people and hear fresh ideas. For sure it means more work, but also many more fulfilling opportunities."
In addition to guiding the senior Men's National Team, Klinsmann has been extremely active in building an integrated philosophy throughout the U.S. Youth National Teams, working closely with the coaches to develop performance driven standards both on and off the field.