Klinsmann takes USA hot-seat
FORMER Germany ace Jurgen Klinsmann was yesterday named as new head coach of the United States.
The announcement came a day after Bob Bradley was sacked following five years in charge.
US soccer officials have long courted Klinsmann, the former German striker having reportedly turned down the job in 2006 and 2010 when the federation would not give him the control he demanded.
The US reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup finals, but their progress has stalled since then, with a group-stage exit in 2006 and a last-16 elimination four years later, both at the hands of Ghana.
"I am proud and honoured to be named the head coach of the USA's national team," said Klinsmann, who will take charge of his first match on August 10 against Mexico.
"We are excited to have Jurgen as the head coach," said US Soccer president Sunil Gulati in a statement. "He was a highly accomplished player and is a coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the programme."
Klinsmann (pictured below), who has lived primarily in the United States since retiring from playing, brings with him a rich resume as both a player and manager.
He helped Germany to World Cup victory as a player in 1990 and as coach guided them to the semi-finals in 2006 when they hosted the tournament.
As a player, Klinsmann was one of soccer's top strikers and enjoyed a 17-year career that included stints in four major European leagues and top clubs, including Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich. He made 108 appearances for Germany and scored 47 goals.
The German becomes the first foreign-born coach to lead the USA since Bora Milutinovic, who was in charge from 1991 to 1995.