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U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not an exaggeration: the dreams of thousands of U.S. Soccer fans have finally come true.

After years of flirtation on both sides, the U.S. Soccer Federation has named Jurgen Klinsmann head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. Klinsmann replaces the largely-unpopular Bob Bradley, fired yesterday after five up-and-down years at the helm.

Ask most fans of the USMNT and they'll tell you going from Bradley to "Klinsi" represents the biggest coaching upgrade since Lou Holtz replaced Gerry Faust at Notre Dame. That might seem like an overreaction for a coach with only two meaningful stints on his resume, one as the manager of his native Germany's national team for the 2006 World Cup cycle and another at the helm of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. 

But Klinsmann's relative inexperience does nothing to outweigh the perfect combination of credibility and familiarity his hire represents for the USA. Many internationally-recognized managers might have listened to the USSF's offers, but thanks to Klinsmann having moved with his family to the Los Angeles area more than a decade ago, none of them have anything resembling his knowledge of the U.S. player pool and American mindset. 

The prospect of hiring any coach with the immediate credibility that comes with being a national hero for one of the globe's great soccer nations -- not to mention guiding that nation to a stirring, surprising World Cup semifinal berth in 2006 -- would be enough to get U.S. fans salivating. Combine that with Klinsmann's understanding of the position and the U.S. roster, and it's not possible to draw up a more appealing candidate.

Which is why USSF head honcho Sunil Gulati and Klinsmann have had on-and-off back-table discussions regarding the USMNT job for years. Klinsmann has reportedly had serious reservations in the past about his level of control regarding U.S. player development and roster construction, with Gulati allegedly balking about some of Klinsmann's demands.

But with Bradley looking more and more unfit to coach another four-year World Cup cycle following the recent 4-2 capitulation to Mexico in the Gold Cup final (not to mention the inexplicabe 2-1 defeat to Panama in the tournament's group stage), Gulati and the USSF may have felt the time had come to meet Klinsmann's conditions.

Given Bradley's documented flaws and the rarity of national team coaches anywhere lasting through two World Cups, it's worth asking what took the USSF so long. But it's also worth applauding them for making the neccessary move now. For U.S. Soccer, it's hard to imagine that Klinnsmann's arrival won't be the very definition of "better late than never."

Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 2:22 am
 

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

I am German and now seeing forward to see a much stronger US team in the next WC. I always found it weird that the US team was never able to improve their game much. Seems to be the only sport where it is like that. For everybody saying its a shame to have a foreign coach in the US: Thats complete BS. Its like this in many countries and seriously, what kind of stupid comment is that?

Klinsmann will bring change and he will bring the team forward, Im convinced of that. He surely is a very tough coach. He has experienced top level soccer in many of the top countries as a player and a coach. He has been national coach of the German team. As mentioned before he finished third in the Korea/Japan World cup with the German team. What nobody mentioned here is how average the German team at that time was. Makes it even moe impressive he could finish third. For my I hope the US team will be ready to beat some of the big soccer nations in the next WC (as long as its not the German team :)



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:29 am
 

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

only in America. A german leading USA. Wonder if Hugo Shavez is avalible next? Lost all respect for mens soccer.
Quick, what nationality is England's coach. Oh, that's right, he's...Italian.



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:40 am
 

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

only in America. A german leading USA. Wonder if Hugo Shavez is avalible next? Lost all respect for mens soccer. boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo



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You obviously don't have a clue as this happens in A LOT of countries and is nothing new.



Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:54 am
 

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

only in America. A german leading USA. Wonder if Hugo Shavez is avalible next? Lost all respect for mens soccer. boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:39 am
 

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

this is a big time move by USA soccer. i remember playing fifa soccer in the 90's on sony playstation and this guy was the best guy on the best team(germany). the guy knows what it takes to win a world cup.  i would get rid of bradley too if i had a chance klinsmann. this makes USA soccer that more interesting to me. great sign!



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:02 am
 

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

Absolutely awesome hire.  I know it's a risk as Klinsi is relatively inexperienced as a coach...but WELL worth the risk.

Hats off ot the US Soccer Federation for making a REAL move to upgrade their program.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:59 pm
 

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

I don't know if Klinsmann will take us to the next level, but at least he is capable of doing it, unlike Bradley.  We need somebody who understand football in the other parts of the world and we finally have that.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:23 pm
 

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

I have been waiting for this day for years. I have long said that we need a coach with european or south american experience before we can even think about competing in a world cup. I think the last few years we have developed some very gifted and talented players. Actually, I think our  soccer talent is on par with any team out there , save Brazil, however, the style of play that Bob Bradley and former US coaches have taught have left me paralyzed with frustration. While it may take a few games before we see the results of the Germans ball possession style, I have no doubt that by 2014 we will be a team that nobody wants to face.



Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:16 pm
 

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

Put him in charge of EVERYTHING!!! From the youth development to the starting 11. The only way anything will change in US football is if something changes with the youth development project!!! Anyways, great news, should have been hired a long time ago...



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:32 pm
 

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

Now that we have the right coach, we can take care of the other half of the problem - Sunil Gulati.  Had you agreed to his demands 5 years ago, Sunil, we might have a different looking team, one that might be coming off a semi-final appearaance at the WC, and maybe having just won its THIRD CONSECUTIVE CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Mr. Galati, go home.


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