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.
Deaf65
Saturday July 30, 2011 12:05 am
I am extremely happy with the hiring of Jurgen. Now the question is: Will Jonathan Bornstein be called in?
Mike E
Friday July 29, 2011 10:23 pm
Okay, David M, who would you have hired? Or better yet, who was actually available? Or for that matter, willing? Being a national team coach is way different than being a club team coach.
David M
Friday July 29, 2011 9:57 pm
Why is everyone so high on Klinsmann? He hasn't proven himself as a coach at all. Took bronze with Germany at the WC-2006, but for Germany that's not much of an accomplishment, esecially playing at home. And afterwards, we find out that it was really Löw who was the brains behind the team. After that, his only coaching experience was a short and rather disastrous spell at Bayern. Not a very impressive coaching resume at all.

I wasn't a fan of Bradley, he clearly had to go, but I'm not at all sure about Klinsmann.
Richard
Friday July 29, 2011 8:19 pm
This is quite a simple matter. We had a coach who was myopic in his thinking and strategies. We now have a coach who sees a bigger picture so to speak. It may not be pretty right out of the gate as August 10 is fast upon us. However, it is my belief this coach will vastly change the way we play at many levels in addition to identifying and exploiting new players and re-evaluating those already in focus. Let's give him some time to settle in and get thing rolling according to his mission statement. - Richard
Mike E
Friday July 29, 2011 6:02 pm
Jose, mentalities are easy to change when the threat of being left off the national team is in play, and believe me, Juergen will use that. Juergie's way or the highway.
Know Nothing
Friday July 29, 2011 5:46 pm
I'm skeptical at this appointment, but I hope I'm wrong.

Bradley's time had come but I do not think he did a poor job. Like it or not, we lack World Class talent. We did reasonably well when we weren't expected to carry the play yet struggled at times when we were. So, in a nutshell, Bradley did a reasonable job at getting the team to play compact and on the break. Unfortunately, all too often teams wanted to sit back against us and we lacked the creativity and the forwards to break them down. Thanks Bob, your getting more stick than you deserve.

I've no doubt Klinsman will have us playing more open...but do we have the talent to be successful all the time doing it? I saw a post on here saying how the cupboard wasn't bear and that we were running with youth teams from the elite countries. Thats true, but the main problem is the leaps and bounds their players make between the ages of 18 and 23 compared to ours.
Jose
Friday July 29, 2011 5:40 pm
Mike E you may be right, but i have this feeling that our players need to be reorinted on how to play with a complete diferent system, for more than 6 years they been play safe and with no tactits , is not easy to change that metality i hope i am wrong, i love US soccer , i lose my pasion with Bradley ,but now we have all the ingredients only need time to work with them, and even if US lose agains mexico ,i know we have hope and we have the guy whos going to change the american soccer for good.
UASKD4iT
Friday July 29, 2011 5:05 pm
Perfect timing, along with chandler and Jones there are a few other German players with duel citizenship that he can get to play with the USA. Maybe he can find another Podulski.
lee shelley uk
Friday July 29, 2011 4:50 pm
of us who leave msgs on here have been crying for this for yrs now..............lets hope we all got it right,and our man klinsie..can get us back up to 2002 standard,hes job at bayern m,was not too succsesfull so.......lets see what happens now,all the best klinsie....................time will tel,
keith
Friday July 29, 2011 4:15 pm
Hopefully we have seen the last of the backwards passing style and Klinsmann will reorient our lads towards the opponents net.
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