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Jurgen Klinsmann is new coach of U.S. soccer team [Updated]

July 29, 2011 | 10:03 am

Juergen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann was hired as the coach of the U.S. soccer team on Friday.

Klinsmann is a former German World Cup winner and manager. As a player, he helped Germany win the World Cup in 1990 and, as a coach, he led the team to the semifinals in 2006 and finished his three-year term with a record of 20-8-6. He will be the first foreign-born coach of the U.S. team since Bora Milutinovic was in charge from 1991 to 1995.

Klinsmann will replace Bob Bradley, who was fired on Thursday.

[Updated, 10:12 a.m., July 29: Klinsmann, who lives in Huntington Beach, was courted by the team in 2006 and 2010 but couldn't agree to terms with U.S. Soccer at that time.

U.S. Soccer will hold a news conference in New York on Monday to formally introduce the new hire. His first match with the United States will be against Mexico on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia.]

"We are excited to have Jurgen as the head coach," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement.

"He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program.

"Jurgen 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."


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Photo: Jurgen Klinsmann. Credit: Ronald Witteck

The Associated Press contributed to this report.