JAMIE HILL - Friday, July 29, 2011
Former German national team head coach Jürgen Klinsmann has been announced as the successor to Bob Bradley to take over the top coaching role for the US.
The announcement comes one day after the USSF parted ways with former boss Bradley.
"We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our Men's National Team," USSF President Sunil Gulati said 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."
The much-anticipated move was announced by the US Soccer Federation on Friday afternoon, and a formal introduction will take place at a press conference in New York on Monday, August 1.
"I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the US Men's National Team," said Klinsmann. "I would like to thank the US 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 former forward had a storied career that included stops at Stuttgart Kickers, VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich, and Sampdoria.
Klinsmann also appeared for the German national team 108 times from 1987 to 1998, notching 47 goals in the process and won the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship six years later.
While The Golden Bomber retired in 1998, he returned to the game as a head coach in 2004 at the helm of the German national team, which he led to the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup in his homeland.
Klinsmann later spent the 2008-09 season in charge of Bayern Munich, where he earned mixed reviews.
Klinsmann will have less than two weeks to prepare for his first game in charge of the Red, White, and Blue. The United States will face Mexico in Philadelphia on August 10.
Four weeks after that, he will conduct his first mini-camp over the September international break, taking on first Costa Rica in California then heading across the Atlantic to play Belgium.