HERTHA BERLIN SIGNS KLINSMANN
US goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann will now head to the professional ranks as he has signed a contract with Hertha Berlin, the German Bundesliga team announced.
Tuesday's announcement comes as the 20-year-old wrapped up a training stint with the capital team. It appears coaches were impressed with what he did during his time with the team that they decided to offfer him a contract.
"Jonathan convinced us with his ability, charisma and ambition. He'll now settle with us and develop step by step," said Hertha Berlin's general manager Michael Preetz in a statement on the team's website.
As for Klinsmann, the chance to play for Hertha is a dream as his family have links with the team. His father, former US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, is a member while his grandfather supported them.
"This morning, Michael Preetz asked me to have a chat with him after breakfast. He told me a decision had been taken regarding my contract with Hertha. It was an unbelievably emotional moment for me, because this club has so much history in my family. I'm looking forward to getting to know the club more, the city of Berlin and taking on new challenges in Germany," said Klinsmann.
The goalkeeper will not be rushed into the first team as Hertha plan to have him play with the Under-23 team which plays in the fourth division.
The signing of the 6-4 netminder will see him end his college career at the University of California Berkeley. After a year in which he help the US Under-20 national team win the CONCACAF championship and make it to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, it is time to see whether the Klinsmann can step up to the next level.