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As soon as the news came in Thursday afternoon that Bob Bradley was fired as coach of the U.S. men’s national team, most thoughts turned directly to Juergen Klinsmann as the likely replacement.
The German legend — who turns 47 years old tomorrow — has been linked to the job several times before. That move was made official Friday as Klinsmann was hired as the 35th coach in USMNT history.
“We are excited to have Juergen as the head coach of our Men’s National Team,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati in a news release. “He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Juergen 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 will be introduced in a press conference Monday in New York. His first match as coach with be Aug. 10 in Philadelphia against Mexico.
“I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team,” said Klinsmann in the release. “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.”
Check out the press release for more background on Klinsmann if you like. Certainly this is a move Gulati has been chasing for years, it seems.
I view it as a fairly low-risk/high-reward type move. The USMNT program has felt like it’s just been treading water and maybe this will inject some life and excitement. That doesn’t mean to discredit all that Bradley achieved in his tenure, however, and that isn’t to make Klinsmann into an ultimate savior, as he’s still constrained by the talent available.
What do you think?