On Monday at Nike Town in New York City, US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati officially introduced the new Head Coach of the US Men’s National Team in Jurgen Klinsmann. It looked to be a happy day as both men came to the make shift stage and presented ideas to the media who were eager to hear their thoughts.
After an introduction by Gulati, he presented Klinsmann with a Red USA shirt with his name and the number 11 on the back. Then Klinsmann gave a speech to the press and finally both men sat at a table and answered the media’s questions.
Whatever questions the media asked, both Gulati and Klinsmann answered with no hesitation and some interesting facts came out from the press conference and a side session with Gulati. For those that were wondering if this hire was about giving Klinsmann the entire keys to the Soccer House, right now it looks to be false.
At the moment it looks like Wilmer Cabrera will remain as the U-17 Head Coach, but Gulati did mention at the moment there are vacancies to the U-20 and U-23 Olympic head coach positions. If Klinsmann does take over both youth levels, then it would be a major step. But right now the only thing that Klinsmann needs to worry about is the friendly against Mexico on August 10th in Philadelphia.
For those that were dreaming of having a foreign coach running the program, their wishes have finally come true. But instead of grabbing a name out of the blue or the ones in fantasy land, Klinsmann is the right choice and here is the reason. He has lived in the country for thirteen years and he had to learn the different ways of seeing how the youth of America play soccer.
At the same time he had to learn how those small or big things work in the USA unlike what the norm is in Europe. He explained about how some European coaches didn’t know what the (Super) Draft was, as well as the college system in addition to the high school system to the youth level.
While we can see that certain American coaches like Jason Kreis and Dominic Kinnear are for the future, if they do decide to take the job, Klinsmann at this moment is the correct choice. He has already shown for the German National Team what to do during the 2006 World Cup. At the same time he is not afraid to have conversations with Claudio Reyna who is the Technical Director of the youth programs.
He would bring in guest coaches during friendly games from Major League Soccer and if he feels to add some assistants from outside US Soccer, that’s what he will do. But he has seen the growth of the game within the last twenty years and he believes that it’s going in the right direction.
Sunil Gulati finally got his man and right now it’s a three and a half year contract. The foundation to improve the National Team has finally come true and right now the first step has been check marked. This will not happen overnight, but honestly the direction is pointed in the correct way.