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Jurgen Klinsmann Introduced As New Head Coach of US Men’s National Team


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.

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  1. Tuttle

    August 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Three things I’d like to see him do.

    1. Forge the youth leagues, academies, schools and leagues into a unified whole where each tier supports and develops the others.

    2. Reduce the concentration on competition at the youngest levels. Concentrate on developing skill-sets rather than tactics, because knowing how to win against 10 year-olds is completely irrelevant to an adult player.

    3. (And I know this is the longest of shots) Start transitioning the youth leagues into true clubs so that we have a better base infrastructure.

    • Dave C

      August 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      People keep saying stuff like this, but I don’t think any one has explained (to me at least)
      (a) is this kind of stuff even within the scope of the USMNT manager’s job? Can Jurgen Klinsmann really have any say in how a little kid’s U-10 league in Ohio is operated, for example?
      (b) Even if he could, would he? Any changes at the absolute grass level would likely take 10 years to have any noticeable impact on the USMNT. Is he going to be around that long? If not, why will he worry about implementing changes that will never benefit him?

      • The original Tom

        August 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm

        Klinsman for dictator!

    • csturg

      August 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      For a soccer fan like myself (casual fan), which seems to be about 70% of america, this is exciting. If we can make moves that can put us in the top 5 in the world, the US will start paying attention.

  2. TOGID

    August 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Why did you guys delete the video that still appears in this search result?

    What was in the video? Whatever it was, your deletion has left a trail of dead links around the web, including at Greg Seltzer’s place:

    • The Gaffer

      August 4, 2011 at 7:45 am


      The Gaffer

      • Daniel Feuerstein

        August 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm

        US Soccer contacted me and asked to take them down. They have certain rules about using certain video equipment that is from the TV Press. They have me as an on-line writer so my video camera was not up to standard.

        Didn’t want any trouble so I took them down. Sorry guys. But you can see US Soccer’s video from You tube at this link.

        • TOGID

          August 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm

          Thanks, fellas. I was just curious. Wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing some exclusive Klinsmann quotes or anything!

  3. Charles

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Santos traded for Avila.

    “The move leaves Toronto with 5 players that finished out the 2010 season….”

    Wow, I have been following sports a LONG time, don’t think I have ever seen a housecleaning like this one. Eventually they are going to accidently get the ex-Toronto players back in their trades.

  4. Daniel Feuerstein

    August 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    LOL! Well Mucky, when Sunil shook Klinsmann’s hand Jurgen didn’t fall down to the floor. 😉 But that’s a good one.

  5. Mucky Fingers

    August 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I didn’t know the president of the USSF was the younger brother of Benny Hinn.

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