Klinsmann Contract Extended through 2018

While America lays in anticipation to see how the US Men’s National Team fares against Germany, Portugal and Ghana in 2014, Klinsmann has proven himself to the US Soccer Federation.  US Soccer announced on Thursday that Klinsmann will coach the US Men’s National Team through the next World Cup cycle in 2018.  While the terms of the deal have not been disclosed, Klinsmann has also added the title of Technical Director for US Soccer under his name.  President of the US Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati stated,

One of the reasons we hired Jurgen as our head coach was to advance the program forward and we’ve seen the initial stages of that happening on the field and also off the field in various areas.  In the past two years he has built a strong foundation from the senior team down to the youth teams and we want to continue to build upon that success.

The success Gulati speaks of is evident in Klinsmann’s 27-10-7 record since taking over for Bob Bradley after the 2010 World Cup.  The US Men’s National Team finished atop their qualifying group and won the 2013 Gold Cup under Klinsmann.  The US has also beaten several top nations during his tenure, including his home country Germany, Italy, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Mexico.

Klinsmann said on his role as Technical Director:

The role of Technical Director is a huge challenge and also a huge opportunity as we look to keep connecting the dots to the Youth National Teams, Coaching Education, the Development Academy and the grassroots efforts in this country. These are fascinating topics and I am excited work with so many talented people and hear fresh ideas.

 

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