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.
Mark WNY
Friday July 29, 2011 4:07 pm
Minus Bradley Jr. - who will be the starting 11 v. Mexico? Gomez, Torres, Benie from Tijuana. Is Holden ready to play? I would like to see Guzan at keeper, Ream, Licha, Goodson + Agudelo, Chandler & Dempsey.
Friday July 29, 2011 3:58 pm
Hey folks, I hate to tell you this, but we still have the same group of players. Although a good group and competitive, we're not world beaters. Squeeze lemons, you still get lemonade. We need to start introducing new "blood' to the system, to be honest we've become stale and have stagnated. It's time to freshen it up....and when you do that, expect a learning curve. Human's need time to assimilate and adjust.

The only bright spot to emerge recently is "Aguedo", sorry if I mis-spelled, and even he needs lots of work, before he becomes the finished product.
Friday July 29, 2011 3:58 pm
Let's hope for some more details to emerge after the quick work of getting ready for the Mexico match and camp.

Will he have a free reign to work throughout the US Soccer program and into the youth and development levels? This was a sticking point when he first discussed the job, was this resolved to his favor? How will he work with Reyna's efforts?

Great day for US soccer!
Friday July 29, 2011 3:57 pm

Sorry, but Bob did NOT do okay. My observation of top level youth teams nowadays versus ones I played on way back in the late 80s suggests that we should be much farther along than we are. There is a ton of talent out there. Back in the late 80s we gave foreign youth teams from powerhouse countries like Argentina, Brasil, and Germany a run for their money and more than held our own.

If you look at the technical level at our current top youth teams, it is downright impressive and it has been that way for probably 8+ years.

Bob had no vision and did not know how to use creative players. Period. His simple coaching failure on how to handle Dos Santos in the Gold Cup was the most resounding evidence of this I have ever seen. The US National Soccer system is inbred and needs a complete thrashing of the hierarchy. His lack of passion and laconic demeanor were antithetical to basic characteristics of the sport itself.
Friday July 29, 2011 3:42 pm
This is what most people would call a shot in the arm.

I am so happy with this change. I had lost hope.

Gulati has shown some major cajones by admitting that he was wrong and effectively admitting that he doesn't know much about the sport he is supposed to oversee in this country.
Friday July 29, 2011 3:36 pm
In a unrelated story, the USSF has announced, effective immediately, the international retirement of Jonathan Bornstein, Ricardo Clark and Robbie Findley
Friday July 29, 2011 3:31 pm
Oh My God this is the happiest day of my US Soccer LIFE!
Mike E
Friday July 29, 2011 3:07 pm
Jose, I disagree, they need to play Mexico. Klinsmann needs to see what he has to work with. Then he can go from there.
Friday July 29, 2011 2:14 pm
About time.
Bradley did not do a bad job and was obviously 2nd choice after the 2010 WC. His time was up and 6 years was more than should be expected.
I'm excited about the MNT for the first time in a very long time!!
BEAT MEXICO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dr. Fill
Friday July 29, 2011 2:09 pm
Klinsmann is officially forgiven for pioneering the diving trend.
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