July 29, 2011
KLINSMANN GETS THE JOB
Former German coach to head U.S. National Team
CHICAGO — Sunil Gulati finally got his man. Less than 24 hours after announcing the firing of Bob Bradley as National Team coach, the U.S. Soccer President announced that Jurgen Klinsmann would take over the job.
|Former German national team star and coach Jürgen Klinsmann has been named head coach of the U.S. National Team.
Photo by Tony Quinn
“We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our Men’s National Team,” said Gulati. “He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Jürgen has had success in many different areas of the game and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field.”
Gulati has been trying to get the former German national team coach since 2006 and came close then, and in 2010..
“We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our men’s National Team,” Gulati said in a statement. “He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Jürgen has had success in many different areas of the game and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field.”
U.S. Soccer will hold a press conference in New York on Monday to formally introduce Klinsmann. Further details regarding the press conference will be released later today.
Klinsmann’s first match as U.S. coach will be against archrival Mexico in an international friendly in Philadelphia on Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com, Univision).
“I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “I would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation for the opportunity, and I’m excited about the challenge ahead. I am looking forward to bringing the team together for our upcoming match against Mexico and starting on the road toward qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”
Klinsmann, who turns 47 Saturday, had turned down an offer to coach the U.S. national side in 2006 because he wanted more power and responsibility than U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati wanted to give out to any individual. Gulati turned to Bradley as an interim coach before named the New Jersey native as permanent coach in May, 2007.
According to reports, Klinsmann will have more power than any other national coach in U.S. soccer history.
Klinsmann guided Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup and was a vital member of West Germany’s 1990 World Cup championship side.
As a coach he guided Germany to a 20-8-6 record and that third-place finish earned him Coach of the Year honors in Germany.
In 2008, Klinsmann took over as Bayern Munich coach. Bayern reached the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League, losing to eventual champion Barcelona. His record with Bayern was 25-9-9.