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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."


Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:28 pm

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

Higher = hire

Im an idiot!!

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:26 pm

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

This is what USA soccer needs. This hire I believe will help all levels of soccer. Im so sick of seeing the way the US Mens team plays its like they are playing basketball get the ball to the Center(Altidore who is overrated) and let him shoot. The US womens team moves the ball around far more effectively than the mans team. I think that is directly due to who their coach is, Pia Sundhage.

Klinnsmann was on one of the most dominant teams in soccer history. Its time the US starts playing soccer on a higher level. Klinnsmann is such a great higher. I think we will be able to see his influence immediately int he first game.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:52 pm

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

Ich bin ein Berliner, baby.  Get the Kraut to work.  We need to give Mexico the People's Elbow on Aug. 10 (yes I made a wrestling refernce, in defernnce to all the famous Mexican masked wrestlers that made me laugh as a kid).

Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:39 pm

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

Great hire. Let him run the whole program, bottom to top and get rid of Gulati. We need people who know what it takes to reach the highest levels.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:29 pm

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

Lumpoco is a little too optimistic, but I like them getting to the quarter finals in either. Brazil wont lose on their home turf. Look for this timing to be 2014 for a measurement of success to take it to 2018 or go another way. I always like Dutch coaches, too.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:08 pm

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

How long does Gulati get?  I want his job.  He has had years to get this program moving forward and he has been a failure.  In my opinion, this should be Gulati's last chance.  There is a lot more to this than just hiring a foreign head coach for the national team.  The feeder program needs to get on board.  What has Gulati done to fix that?  Listen up Sunil, I can help you get this program on track.  Your ODP pool is a disgrace, you don't have leadership at the younger levels and your style of play is all wrong.  There is a lot, to do, but it can be done if properly implemented.  Give me a call.

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:58 pm

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

This is a great hire for us. Klinsman led Germany to a 3rd place finish two World Cups ago. He has been someone who is respected worldwide for his long involvement in soccer. I think he is going to really push our players to meet his expectations. We have some young, promising players and I think Klinsman can help them reach their full potential.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:55 pm

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

based upon what?

proven winner at all levels at the highest level of the game...


wooden shoe tulip eaters? 

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:48 pm

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

The reason Klinsmann seems like a great choice is that I think he's a guy that actually understands both the European game and where the US is now, so hopefully he knows both where we're at, where we can go, and how to get there.  I'm worried that he became more hype than substance as US fans kept calling for him year after year, but on paper an excellent decision.

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:45 pm

U.S. Soccer names Klinsmann new USMNT coach

THANK GOD! we're finally going to learn futbol! finally going to learn how to control possession, how to use the width of the pitch, how to move players in and out of position! finally we will not be playing kickball anymore and will start to play Futbol correctly. Im very excited about this. something the US has needed for a very long time!

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