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USA appoints Klinsmann

[Posted 02 Aug 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
USA appoints Klinsmann

The United States of America's Soccer Federation aanounced at a press conference on August 1 the capture of a long-time target former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann as the new USA national soccer team coach, effectively replacing Bob Bradley.

Klinsmann, the legendary German international footballer, joins the USA on a five-year period. The former Totteham Hotspurs star is a USA permanent resident and his wife is a USA citizen, making the FA choice easier.

During the press conference, Klinsmann outlined his plan for the USA, whwich interestingly has little to do with his immediate job as senior national team coach.

His main focus, in his own words is to produce many Landon Donovans in every position if the USA is to dream of winning the World Cup one day. He emphasised that the USA lacks depth at the moment and requires more world class players to succeed.

Klinsmann's keen interest appears to be the development of USA soccer from grassroot level, and his five-year reign will see more focus on youth programs.

"It also is vital I am involved in all the discussions with a lot of coaches out there, how we improve the grass-roots level.

"I'm fascinated by that approach," Klinsmann said.

"Definitely, we will dig into the whole generation of 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds, no matter whether they are in the U.S. or overseas," Klinsmann explained.

"Thatís why I have Claudio Reyna with me, to give me his input. Tab Ramos is important as a resource.

"These two will definitely talk to a lot of coaches over the next couple of weeks and months, where they see talent coming through. This is something that goes parallel with the work with the team itself," the soccer legend added.

Klinsmann knows however in the heart of his hearts that there is a ground swell of expectations in the USA with respect to what the national soccer team has to achieve.

His immediate challenge will be presented by Mexico whom the USA meet on August 10 in a friendly match.


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