Friday, July 29, 2011

Jurgen Klinsmann to Coach USMNT

As one era ends, another begins. Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties yesterday as the United States Men's National Team coach and one day later we have his successor: Jurgen Klinsmann. The former Germany head coach and World Cup veteran has long been the target of Sunil Gulati who has courted him since 2006.

“We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our men’s national team,” said US Soccer president Sunil Gulati in a 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.”   

"I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team," said Klinsmann. It looks as though Klinsmann's first game at the helm will be against Mexico on August 10th. The game is being played in Philadelphia. However, fans should not look to this game as a representation of Klinsmann's efforts regardless of the outcome. 

Bob Bradley's tenure with the USMNT lasted for five years and in that time he put together a 43-25-12 record. Despite his many detractors, Bradley has accomplished much with the team. He won the 2007 Gold Cup, reached the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup and took a young US team to the final in the 2009 Gold Cup. While some will say the 2010 World Cup was a dissapointment, the US did place first in their group. 

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