The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has named former Germany international and coach Jürgen Klinsmann as the new head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team today.
Klinsmann has been named the coach of the U.S. team only 24 hours after the federation decided to fire Bob Bradley from the helm of the team. Bradley took charge of the U.S. team in 2007 and he led the team to a number of accomplishments, including winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and finishing second in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
U.S. Soccer felt the need to replace Bradley after a disappointing campaign in the 2011 Gold Cup and found a suitable replacement in Jürgen Klinsmann.
“We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our Men’s National Team,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati 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.”
Klinsmann, a former Germany strker who coached Germany to 3rd place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, becomes the first foreign-born coach of the American team since Bora Milutinovic, guided the Americans to the second round of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He scored 47 goals in 108 appearances with the German national team and played a key role in West Germany’s victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
The German did have also a short spell as a coach with German Bundesliga giants FC Bayern Munich, when he took over the reigns at the Bavarian club in July 2008. But his time with Bayern lasted less than a year, as the club fired Klinsmann in April 2009 due to severe clash of opinions between the coach and club management.
“I am proud and honoured to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team,” said Klinsmann on the official website of the USSF. “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.”
The federation will hold a press conference in New York on Monday to formally introduce Klinsmann.
Klinsmann’s first match in charge of the U.S. National Team will be against Mexico on August 10 in Philadelphia.