Big German on Campus: Jurgen Klinsmann Hired as New Coach of USMNT

Liam B@sportreport67Correspondent IIJuly 29, 2011

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 08:  (FILE PHOTO) Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of Bayern Munich follows his players during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou stadium on April 8, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Today former head coach Juergen Klinsmann and FC Bayern Muenchen AG announced the immediate ending of their contract, which was supposed to last until 30 June 2010.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Earlier this morning, the president of US Soccer, Sunil Gulati, announced that Jurgen Klinsmann would be the new coach of the USMNT.  

As we all know, he has been linked with the job many times before, but something has always prevented him from becoming manager.  One of the times he was first linked with the job, he may have signed on, but then Bayern Munich came calling, which was an offer he couldn't resist.

Last year, following the World Cup, he said that the two sides had come to agree on a deal, but just couldn't get the terms in writing.  

After a fairly disappointing Gold Cup (including losses to Panama and Mexico), Bob Bradley seemed to be in hot water.  What many didn't understand is why there was a five-week delay between that final in Pasadena and Bradley being put to the sword.

Now we have our answer.  They were working out terms with Klinsmann, who hasn't had a job in two years.  

Personally, I don't think Bradley did a terrible job as head coach of the men's national team.  He topped a World Cup group with the likes of England and Slovenia and lost to a fast young team that (let's be honest) should have been in the semifinals.  

The Gold Cup was a bit of a disappointment, but Mexico is a better team.  The United States don't have the same amount of quality as the elite teams Bradley was able to get results against like Argentina, Spain and England.  

Remember the 2009 Confederations Cup? The States ended Spain's 35-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory.  They were ahead 2-0 at halftime of the final, but gave up three second-half goals to Brazil to lose a heartbreaker.

Klinsmann was a great player, scoring in every major tournament he played in for Germany.  He has also proved to be a good coach, leading Germany to a third place finish at the 2006 World Cup.  

He took over Bayern Munich in 2008 and was let go in April, although the club was only three points behind leaders Wolfsburg.  He has not had a coaching job in two years, so this comes as no surprise.

I think it will be very interesting to see what tactics and style of play Jurgen tries to employ on the national team.  He has about 10 days to prepare for the States' friendly against Mexico, where he will be thrust in to the USA's biggest rivalry.  

Because of the 4-2 loss in the Gold Cup final, a draw or a win will make Klinsmann look very good.  

Whether Jurgen will be a long-time fixture for the national team or just for this World Cup cycle, I think he can really improve the Men's National Team.  

When Klinsmann talks to his players and issues instructions, the players will respect him. Why? Because as a player, he won the World Cup.  

He knows what it takes to win a World Cup, and that will be vital for the United States success and the ultimate goal, of winning a World Cup.


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