The United States soccer federation has reportedly talked to former Germany national team star and 2006 World Cup head coach Juergen Klinsmann recently and the German former footballer is apparently interested in the potential coaching vacancy. And it is fitting this story would come out now that Bob Bradley has met with the soccer federation earlier this week to discuss his own future with the organization.
Bradley of course is interested in fulfilling the coaching vacancy that is currently available at Premier League side Aston Villa and the coach’s contract is set to run out this December. And Klinsmann has already turned down the job one previous time for the 2006 World Cup and that tournament Klinsmann coached his own nation into the semifinals and left the tournament disappointed that he could not hoist the Cup for his hosting nation.
But the German now lives in California and recently worked for ESPN this summer covering the World Cup with other genius minds of the game including Alexi Lalas (sarcasm). But if Klinsmann were to accept the job this go around that would be just fine with one Yank. In fact here are seven reasons why the USA should make Klinsmann the manager of the national team:
1) He’s German
I hate to stereotype, but Germans are good at soccer and have great success at one particular global tournament. Having Klinnsman would guarantee entry to the event and a second round berth at the least. Well at least that is what is expected in the Land of Kraut.
2) He’s Won It Before
In 1990 Germany hoisted the World Cup trophy and a big reason why was because of their beloved Californian Klinsmann. Having a former winning footballer take the reigns isn’t the worst idea. As long as his name isn’t Diego Maradona.
3) He’s Not Crazy Like Diego Maradona
Klinsmann is not insane and has never considered streaking through the streets of Hamburg naked. In fact the guy is pretty mild-mannered on TV and doesn’t seem to be as hilarious as the famous little one is.
4) He Lives Here
It’s a drop in the bucket. Klinsmann lives in Cali and enjoys living here in the States. So why not use our best available resource of football success on the highest level?
5) He’s Already Coached for a Big League Team And Has the Track Record
Klinsmann coached Bayern Munich for a season before becoming the national team coach. If he truly aspired to do that again then he would be there now. Instead he appears to be biding his time for the US national team job and he knows all about making it to the semifinals of the World Cup final and of course winning it too.
6) He Could Snag a Few Imports
Several of the German national team’s best players are actually Polish by birth-right. Perhaps Klinsmann could help us recruit a few bubble people that could gain Yank citzenship. It seems to work for the Germans and we could use the Rossi’s of the world on our side.
7) He Could Give You Minutes Off of the Bench
Seriously Buddle, Findley, Ching, or old Klinsmann? It’s a tough call, but one has a few more career goals.
photo credit: Axel Bührmann