Posted on July 29, 2011
By Michael Lewis
Juergen Klinsmann is the man.
U.S. Soccer selected the former German international striker and coach to succeed Bob Bradley as U.S. national coach, according to a reliable source in the U.S. soccer community.
Klinsmann could be announced as coach as early as Friday.
Klinsmann, who turns 47 Saturday, had turned down an offer to coach the U.S. national side in 2006 because he wanted more power and responsibility than U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati wanted to give out to any individual.
It was not known immediately known which side had relented.
Klinsmann guided Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup and was a vital member of West Germany’s 1990 World Cup championship side.
He enjoyed an 18-year professional career, that included stops with the Stuttgarter Kickers, VfB Stuttgart, Inter, Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich and Sampdoria.
Klinsmann lives in southern California and played under another name for the Orange County Blue Star, an amateur team.
He could make his debut as coach when U.S. plays Mexico in an international friendly at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Aug. 10.
Photo: Juergen Klinsmann is the next USA coach, according to a source. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: North America, U.S.A.
Tags: Bayern Munich, Bob Bradley, Inter, Juergen Klinsmann, Monaco, Orange County Blue Star, Sampdoria, Stuttgarter Kickers, Sunil Gulati, Tottenham Hotspur, Vfb Stuttgart