KLINSMANN TAKES REINS FOR THE USA
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JAMIE HILL - Friday, July 29, 2011
Former German national team head coach Jürgen Klinsmann has been announced as the successor to Bob Bradley to take over the top coaching role for the US.

The announcement comes one day after the USSF parted ways with former boss Bradley.

"We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our Men's National Team," USSF President Sunil Gulati said in an official 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."

The much-anticipated move was announced by the US Soccer Federation on Friday afternoon, and a formal introduction will take place at a press conference in New York on Monday, August 1.

"I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the US Men's National Team," said Klinsmann. "I would like to thank the US 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."

The former forward had a storied career that included stops at Stuttgart Kickers, VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich, and Sampdoria.

Klinsmann also appeared for the German national team 108 times from 1987 to 1998, notching 47 goals in the process and won the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship six years later.

While The Golden Bomber retired in 1998, he returned to the game as a head coach in 2004 at the helm of the German national team, which he led to the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup in his homeland.

Klinsmann later spent the 2008-09 season in charge of Bayern Munich, where he earned mixed reviews.

Klinsmann will have less than two weeks to prepare for his first game in charge of the Red, White, and Blue. The United States will face Mexico in Philadelphia on August 10.

Four weeks after that, he will conduct his first mini-camp over the September international break, taking on first Costa Rica in California then heading across the Atlantic to play Belgium.
Alex
Wednesday August 3, 2011 12:45 pm
@scott
Are you having a laugh? Jozy is not that fast. And as far as demps goes..he is our most creative attacker and probably the best finisher on the field for us. Come on guy.
Scott
Monday August 1, 2011 6:43 pm
@kellyp

Even if we aren't sending our top athletes we can easily compete on the global stage. Altidore is physically built like Drogba or Torres, fast as all hell, etc. But he has issues with creativity and finishing. Dempsey, same thing. The issue with the US is more of a mental, practice, type of thing than a physical one. That's what I like about Klinsmann, he's going to work on the youth level to develop a more uniform philosophy, and he'll build from the bottom up.

Klinsmann will hopefully re-shape this organization like he did in Germany. Kroos, Ozil, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Podulsky, Muller, Neuer, and Mertesacker are all products of his system, hopefully he works hard with our youth cause we have lots of talent in guys like Ream, Chandler, Spector, Lichaj, Adu, Edu, Agudelo, Altidore, Shea, etc. Enough talent that with some refinement we can be a strong team by next World Cup cycle, but more importantly by 2018 we should if all goes well have an awesome squad that may not be the best in the world, but good enough to compete with the top 5 teams.
kellyp
Monday August 1, 2011 4:18 pm
Unless they start convincing some 13 year old kids from Florida, Texas and California to play soccer instead of football, we should all keep our international expectations low. I do think this goes much farther to accomplishing that than having Bob Bradley as coach. But you could have Sir Alex coach this team and it won't make a bit of difference until the Premiership, La Liga or MLS can get some potential NFL or NBA players to play soccer. If you watched the most recent Spain game it's obvious that sending our 3rd tier athletes against the worlds best is always going to be tough proposition, for any coach.
Jake
Monday August 1, 2011 11:53 am
Does anyone know when the roster for the game against Mexico will come out? I can't find any info.
Mark
Sunday July 31, 2011 9:49 pm
He can't do any worse.
Kyle
Sunday July 31, 2011 8:23 pm
Who the hell is anyone to question this appointment? he's by far the most credentialed coach we've ever had. Given the fact that every European team just ran roughshod over its MLS competition, I think it's clear we needed to start looking for more experienced managers which is exactly what we have in Klinsman. This is a great sign that our program is now taken seriously to be able to attract such a name.

Had Italy's competition not been so weak going into the semi's in 2006 Germany very well may have won that cup. Germany had to go 120 minutes against a very good argentine side in the quarters.N
Sean
Sunday July 31, 2011 5:08 pm
Klinsmann will do fine, ppl. He knows the game from an attacking player's perspective.... which is something Bob Bradley never has known. Should be awesome. First step is to destroy Mex on Aug 10th in Philly.
minoman78
Sunday July 31, 2011 1:24 am
I hope Klinsmann does well and turns usa soccer in the right direction. I'v read alot of negative comments so far, but if we were going to hire a coach, Klinsmann was the best option. He is the best foreign coach who has a good understanding of American culture and what soccer means here, which is not a top level sport here. He has a big challenge ahead of him and Im sure he knows well what he's gotten himself into. Don't expect him to change the whole program around againts Mexico or the other upcoming friendlies. It will be a work in progress and if he sticks with it im sure we will be OK. Lets give him a chance and see.
Terry Reed
Saturday July 30, 2011 4:51 am
Klinsmann was released from Bayern as trainer after an absolutely miserable start and Hitzfeld took over to lead Bayern back to the top of the table. Klinsmann can never again show his face in München, and I fear he will do the same to the U.S. program. I hope that I am wrong, but I don't think I am.
duriseti
Saturday July 30, 2011 1:08 am
I'm not Klinsmann's son or biggest fan, but I don't understand where everyone keeps coming up with his "disastrous Bayern season" meme.

If I am not mistaken, they finished 3 points out of first place in the Bundesliga that season. If that is correct, how is that disastrous?
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