After years of dating but never consummating the relationship, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati finally got the man he has lusted after for years with the announcement that Juergen Klinsmann has been named head coach the U.S. men’s national team.
“We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our Men’s National Team,” said Gulati. “He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Jürgen has had success in many different areas of the game and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field.”
Klinsmann will be introduced at a press conference Monday, but ahead of that he released this statement:
“I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. I would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation for the opportunity, and I’m excited about the challenge ahead. I am looking forward to bringing the team together for our upcoming match against Mexico and starting on the road toward qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”
The U.S. Soccer is without coaches at under-21, under-19 and under-17. Klinsmann has the opportunity to come in and completely redo U.S. soccer, impacting the style of play and philosophy from kids all the way to the senior team. That is what makes this move so important for U.S. soccer. It will set the direction of U.S. Soccer for the next ten years.