A variety of newspapers and sources are saying that Jurgen Klinsmann will be the next U.S. National team coach. Some sticking points mentioned have been his association with Adidas (US Soccer is funded by Nike) control of team and salary which we have heard since the persistent rumor of the former German National team as the next U.S. coach came out of the World Cup . Klinsmann led Germany to the semi-finals.
Alot leans to him being the correct choice for U.S. Soccer:
1. Respect of players (he clearly had that with Die Mannschaft (German National team)
2. Ability to make the tough decision in the face of pressure (who was not impressed with Klinsmann and his press dealings with the country predicting failure during the 2006 World Cup, of course he will not have that level of pressure in the U.S. and he selected Jens Lehmann over Oliver Kahn prior to World Cup to diffuse the focus on the feuding goalkeepers)
3. Familiar with U.S. player (Klinsmann has lived in California and has worked with players in the U.S.)
4. The former striker is attack-minded and had an outstanding playing career. (Jose Mourinho of Chelsea and Arrigo Sacchi who coached Chelsea have proven that you don’t have to have been a top class player to be successful as a coach but Klinsmann was an amazing player.)
5. Willing to take risk. (He did it with Germany changing the system and mentality of players instilling confidence all the while for the World Cup in the face of a nation and as a player took risks….remember his move to Tottenham in England where he won over English fans, what about his move to Monaco. Oh and he likes to back-pack in the wilds.)
This was a man who stuck his sword in the ground in the face of a nation of pressure and stuck to his beliefs about how Germany should play. The rest was history during the 2006 World Cup, for me Germany was the real story not Italy’s triumph or Zidane’s monster mistake.
With this hiring Sunil Gulati already wins over U.S. Soccer fans.
Is Klinsmann the choice for you?