What do you think of the USMNT coaching hire?

U.S. Soccer Federation

The new era of U.S. Soccer has been ushered in with the news that Juergen Klinsmann has been hired as head coach.

The former Germany striker and coach for the German national team and Bayern Munich will be introduced on Monday, when more details about his hiring, his personnel plans — for both coaches and players — and his vision for the future should emerge.

For the time being, the question for you is simple. What do you think of Klinsmann being given the reins of the U.S. men's national team? Cast your vote here:

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154 Responses to What do you think of the USMNT coaching hire?

  1. jonk says:

    I look forward to Klinsi bringing in an unheralded assistant that will help lead us to the semis in 2014…and then to the semis again in 2018 after we’ve jettisoned Klinsmann. Too hopeful?

  2. Brian says:

    No more nepotism comments!

  3. I’m in between “needed to make a change, but not sure about Klinsmann” and “right choice.”

    I’ve got no problem with him being hired. He deserves a shot, just like any coach.

    Let’s see what he can do. He did great with Germany, but was lackluster with Bayern Munich, and is not doing anything great consulting TFC.

    My entire issue is how Bradley was treated.

    The firing was inevitable, there’s no doubt about that one.

    But he was always 2nd choice, and Gulati treated him like so. Hell, I’m sure Gulati would have pulled the trigger during the previous cycle if he had a shot at making Klinsmann the top man.

    There’s no doubt Bradley knew this going in, and he’s the bigger man for toughing out given the circumstances.

    It’s like stringing along a girl because you like the attention, but knowing that you’ll painlessly dump her if you know you’ve got a shot at the girl you always wanted.

  4. T says:

    This is good, no coach should be manager for 8 years, plus the team was starting to look sick on the field, we needed a different flavor. Klinsmann is a good coach a I wish him the best……

  5. Brian says:


  6. JP says:

    Time for first person to start the “Fire Klinsmann” campaign correlates to the growth of passion for soccer in US.

    I do wish him well in re-energizing, and possibly re-structuring, our national teams at all levels.

  7. nick says:


  8. WeatherManNX01 says:

    I’d like to vote for “I’m not sure Bradley should have been fired, but Klinsmann is not a bad choice.”

  9. Glory Glory says:

    Thomas Dooley perhaps??

  10. William says:

    biggest no brainer in the history of mankind….but should have been done after the World Cup to show more respect to Bob Bradley

  11. Kelly says:


  12. There’s a FireKlinsmann account on Twitter already.

  13. Matt C in Tampa says:

    I’m OK with Klinsi, but i’d rather have seen Guus. I’m really not sure who was truley “available” for this position, however.

  14. jonk says:

    I didn’t realize he was an assistant for Pateadores. Interesting.

  15. DingDong says:

    I never liked Bob as a coach, but I have nothing but respect for him as a person. I’m really excited about Klinsmann, but I do feel that Bradley could have been treated better.

    On the other hand, who knows? Bradley might have had something saying the US could terminate if after the Gold Cup. If that’s so, then should be no surprise for him.

  16. DingDong says:

    err “something *in his contract*”

  17. Scott from Austin says:

    How did the USSF manage to overlook Ruud Gullit? Truly a massive error. Now Jonathan Bornstein might never see the field again, and how we will lose pathetically without JB suited up. I just don’t know anymore.

  18. jpc says:

    At least now I don’t have to read all the moronic comments that all we need is someone foreign as our coach, Anyone Foreign, B/c Americans have a genetic deficiency that makes them incapable of being good soccer coaches… I also don’t have to hear Klinsmann’s creepy high pitched laugh during WC broadcasts anymore. So I guess I am happy about the hire

  19. PetedeLA says:

    Excellent point.

    I’d love for his number 2 to be Claudio Reyna.

    That would be perfect.

    I don’t see Klinsmann sticking around after the 2014 World Cup. For consistency’s sake, it would be good. But it would be a complete break from his normal M.O.

  20. CJ says:

    Im surprised 97% were against BB.

  21. Mark says:

    I don’t think we could have done better. He has the potential to be an upgrade over Bradley. But the seems issues exist. The current crop of players coming up haven’t put their mark on the national team setup like the Donovan/Beasley/Gooch group. Assuming Klinnsman can help with that and MLS continues to produce some great young American talent in their academies, then things will be a little rosier. Lot of ifs…

    I like Bradley, but excited to see what Klinnsman brings to the table.

  22. Adam says:

    Sunil did Bob dirty. Klinsi may end up being a better coach, maybe not. No coach, other than Loew, should go more than 4 years in charge of a national team, but the way this was done was bad.

    I hope Klinsi is a success and finds a new Loew to work with in this job.

  23. john.q says:

    dude, klinnsman has 0 wins with the usmnt. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!

  24. Brent McD says:

    No Eurosnob comments yet? LOL, idiots

    Great hire for US soccer. Hope he can work with our anemic strikers. And of course a complete revamp of our youth development system is in order.

    Interesting side note: will Klinsi actually wear Nike gear? A bit difficult to picture….

  25. Angel FAN of USA says:

    I just wish the best for who ever the coach was, and now since is Klismann I hope he would do his best to pick the right player, I hope that he keep he eyes on new players from the MLS, youth program U20 all the way to U15 for the future and present that can bring something good to USA. Plus now we have a coach that wont take s**t from other country especially clubs that don’t want to let their players come to play for USA (Chandler Club) Keep and eyes for players from Germany especially those American/germany born. I see the USNMT been Germany influence.

  26. Aaron in StL says:

    Hah that’s awesome. For a good BB-MB nepotism read check out the post by Carles (from HRO) on Grantland.

  27. jpc says:

    Klinsmann just gave his vote of support for Bornstein, and called Timmy Chandler a traitor to Germany. It was a setup from the start, Damnit

  28. David says:

    I wonder if he will make Donovan captain since he is known fan of Landon’s.

  29. chris says:

    Ahhhhh it was the only choice

  30. fan4usa says:

    Finally – after 6 years of writing that he is the right choice!!! Now I hope my expectations become reality!

    We need a breath of fresh air – obviously have peeked. It also seems that key players are not responding to Bradley.

    Credit to Bob, however. He certainly brought organization to the team.

    On to the next level is what we need!!

  31. Danny says:

    So what’s the deal with Klin tactically? What formations does he favor?

  32. Thomas McBooglebones says:

    I’m a huge fan of this hire. People clamouring for Guus or any other foreign coach need to realize the importance of Jurgens knowledge of the player pool, as well as the entire US Soccer federation. I also think it is important to find a coach who is excited and very motivated to bring the USA to the next level and I’m sorry but I just don’t think Guus would’ve helped us much, if at all, in the long run. I also hate the fact that he seems to constantly have his eyes fixed elsewhere. This is a destination job for Kilnsmann and that cannot be overlooked. I am excited about Jurgen because he will bring energy and excitement to the national team, which is something we have been sorely lacking recently.

  33. JrDosSantos says:

    Why would Claudio Reyna be a good move for being his number 2? We might as well make him the head coach if we’re talking about giving Klinsmanns past number 2’s the majority of the credit for his success

  34. Joe in Indianapolis says:


  35. DeLarge says:

    I swear, if he puts his son Jonathan in goal over Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, and Bill Hamid, I’m going to end lives.

  36. JrDosSantos says:

    If by setup you mean the setup to his firing right after the next WC lol

  37. T says:

    Correct he’s got the familiarity with our system.

  38. dhawk says:

    I’m not sure how “dirty” it was. I think had a lot more to do with revamping the entire system from youth to senior and after the Gold Cup, U20 and U17 World Cup displays, it was is simply time to take a better overall approach. Bradley’s a decent coach and will find a job. In the meantime, he’s got a fat payout coming for the the balance of his contract.

  39. Ossington Mental Youth says:

    curious to see how these boo boys change their now that he’s their nmt coach.

    I for one like the dude for what he did in Germany, am waiting to see what happens with TFC and think hes a good hire for the USMNT

  40. tomswfc says:

    He’s not a bad appointment, but Hiddink could have been a better manager – He’s got that proven track record and is a well-respected but may have been a little too expensive for the USSF. JK may be a ‘big name’, but at the same time the guy hasn’t really excelled at club or national level.

    However I like the fact that JK has insight into the US soccer scene. Also given his nationality, maybe he can persuade Fabian Johnson (or even Shaun Parker) to switch to the USA. Interesting times ahead.

  41. 'ole says:

    I’m excited to see what he does with the youth system. I like the MLS but it will never develop USMT players under US soccer’s current system.I hate to say it but I actually think college soccer as a whole hurts USMNT ability to produce young experienced players. A player goes to college, leaves, and joins the mls at at 20-22. By this age their similar counterparts in other countries have already had lots of professional lvl experience/or no longer playing due to a lack of talent. Of course I’m excluding the few USMNT that did start young without going to colleg, but these are far and few. Overall as a whole I hate to see the USMNT have players on the team starting their career at 25 or later. I want them to be veterans by then. Having a handful of 25 yr old veterans is far to few. We need a whole team with experience at that age mixed in with a few early 30’s veterans i.e. Donavon.

  42. Andrew says:

    I’m looking forward to the backlash when Klinsmann isn’t the savior he was touted to be by the Bob Bradley haters. I think he will do well, but anyone thinking this is the beginning of a gigantic culture shift and that things will happen quickly is deluding themselves.

  43. Justa Guy says:

    Can someone please explain something to me. what is the role of the USNMT head coach vs. Sunil Gulati vs. the USSF in terms of player development and “revamping the entire youth system”?

    I would have thought the coach is given a pool of players and said do your best with them. Not so? His role is much more than that?

    The comments I’ve seen on Klinsmann seem to be more impressed with his organizational and talent-development skills than his coaching.

    What would replacing Gulati look like? Who elects him and the board?


  44. SurfGuyI says:

    I wonder if Jürgen will bring in compadre Martin Vasquez to help? He just signed to help
    Los Alamitos’s own, MikeE Munoz @ Real Salt Lake’s/Grande Sports World Development Academy a few weeks back. Martin could tie in with our Latino contingent . . .

  45. Eurosnob says:

    He likes offensive soccer style that Germany plays now. I expect that he will build poor man’s version of German team.

  46. DEAC says:

    I voted for this being the right choice, even though I believed strongly that the results Bradley produced were extraordinary. I was never crazy about him coming back for a “second term”, so to speak, just thinking of the experience of Lippi, Arena and others in second Cup run. So I wouldn’t say I’m “against” BB. If the US could finally get its shot with Klinsy, it seemed like time.

  47. Poo says:

    yeah, he is getting killed in this poll. Prior “Fire bob” polls were around 85%, where this one is basically at 97%. Now that he is gone that additional 12% has accepted it. The other 3% is votes from Bornstien and mikey.

  48. Danny says:

    So should we expect some 3 man backlines like he often used at Bayern? Or a 4231 like Germany uses now?

  49. houdynamofan says:

    Klinsmann should be fired. He does not understand U.S. soccer.

  50. Dizzo says:

    +1 The timing of Bradley’s firing makes it harder to find a gig.

  51. mistadobolina says:

    HA! Ruud Gullit… right that guy..

  52. houdynamofan says:

    We need to start these kids competing at the top level before the age of 13. They need to get a big contract before they grow hair you know where so we can compete with the rest of the world. It worked for Freddy Adu.

  53. Free says:

    What were the termed of kinsey’s deal? Dollars and duration?

  54. Free says:


  55. JPGR says:

    The team has been looking stale and stuck in one gear.

    Coach Bradley should be thanked for his accomplishments with the team and respected as he departs.

    He showed a lot of character through the years, and I for one, am very grateful for that.

    Good Luck Coach Klinsman and know that you have the full support of USMNT fans behind you.

  56. john says:

    hiddink is a hired gun. wouldn’t get US soccer anyway… and its many, ummm, issues. that would’ve just failed.

    klinsmann, at least, gets it — enough to have avoided the job in the past.

    i look forward to him shakin up the pool. cuz there’s complacency at the top of it and a whole lotta inexperience down below.

    tall order… i’m hopeful. something i have not been with the USMNT in years.

    US soccer now has two quality coaches. LA is a little colder than normal… but it didn’t freeze… …

  57. mistadobolina says:

    end of the sweat suit era? maybe Nike will make a formal suit for Jurgen.

  58. john says:

    haha RG. and don’t joke about the way we can lose… let’s not annoy karma too much. she’s… a woman.

  59. mistadobolina says:

    oooo… true! Bocanegra’s days as captain should be numbered. Donovan or MB will be the next captain soon

  60. EA says:

    It did?

  61. Desh says:

    Klinsmann’s first move needs to be putting Caleb Porter in charge of the U-20’s, due to his success with bringing in one hit wonders in a college system that needs to voided. Putting Porter in charge of the U-20 slams the statement that college soccer is for kids that are good players but not the future of this country or league and the best coaches need to be with the US program not universities.

  62. mistadobolina says:

    or the 4231 the US already uses. designed by Bob.

  63. 'ole says:

    Or we can give citizenship to all the 35 year old foreign players in the MLS who still outperform their younger american counterparts. Either situation will do.

  64. RNG says:

    So what changed?
    Why could they hire Klinsmann now, and not before?
    Did Gulati end up giving him the control he wanted?
    Does anyone know?

  65. Tweaked says:

    why? No doubt Bob gets a fat contract termination buy out. He takes a nice long vacation and then he is leading the pack when MLS teams start firing coaches in November.

  66. 'ole says:


  67. Uh-dee-dass says:

    nike sweatshop era must end!

  68. Kevin says:

    I am glad to see I am not the only one saddened by this development. I truly enjoy seeing my national team left back completely outclassed!

  69. Tom says:

    When are we going to get a poll on whether Gulati should stay or go.

    This hire proves that he has lost the plot. He should go back to teaching econ 101.

  70. Poo says:

    bocas days on the squad should be numbered… he’s slipping past it now, and will def. be by 2014

  71. joe says:

    who is saying that? Klinsmann brought in Loew. if not for Jurgen the Germans would not be where they r right now. why give a guy with no coaching on his CV at ALL a managers position.

  72. Wansteiger says:

    I am more excited for the fact that Klinsmann will overhaul player development. I am not expecting Klinsmann to get us to the semifinals in 2014, but who ever follows Jurgen will hopefully benefit from the player development

  73. Mitch says:

    send them all to europe to ride the pine….that has worked out well.

  74. JrDosSantos says:

    you really think MB deserves to be captain?

    He’s talented and should always be in every meaningful game when he’s in form, but his attitude is awful. If Holden stays on the path he’s been on for the last few years, he’ll be captain before MB easily.

    It’s not about talent, it’s about attitude and leadership. Donavon,Tim howard or Dempsey for captain. They put the team on their backs the most

  75. JPGR says:

    Coach Bradley,

    thank you for all your accomplishments!

    You will always have a place in the hearts of US fans.

    You can leave with your head held high.

    Good Luck Coach Klinsmann!

    Take us to the next level.

    You have my full support.

    USA all the way!

  76. Don Pelayo says:

    I love it. Klinsmann has a ton of experience at the highest level and appears genuinely committed to bringing U.S. soccer to the next level.

    Today is a good day.

  77. Mario says:

    oh, he better!

  78. BB is a Saint! says:

    Let’s hold off on proclaiming Bradley into some Saint-hood, here.

    A) He signed a four year contract, of which he’ll likely be paid for 3 more years.
    B) He signed said four year contract after receiving little to no interest, rendering the “toughing it out” viewpoint ridiculous.
    C)Read A & B

  79. joe says:

    maybe Kilnsmann will hire him for the head job in Toronto. insult to injury.

  80. BB is a Saint! says:

    Including Lindsay Bradley?

  81. BB is a Saint! says:

    Yes, because after his many Finals appearances, and a respectable finish (winning group, too) in the World Cup and when his contract was up…..he received: zero offers.

    Not the USSF’s fault on the timing.

  82. Seriously says:

    I agree. Any MLS team should be chomping at the bit to take Bob Bradley on as head coach. DC United would be a great place for him to land. Ben Olsen has done ok there but I just don’t think he should be leading a team yet. A few years of learning under BB though would do a world of good for any young hopeful MLS coach.

  83. john says:

    re: Poo. last line cracked me up. and yu’re probably right.

  84. Seriously says:

    Now you get to hear it in press conferences and post game interviews.

    I’m glad we don’t have to hear that banter anymore either. I hope Klinsmann does something special with the USMNT but I’m not expecting it. Loew was Germany’s architect under Klinsmann and Klinsmann failed at Bayern. His track record is not great by any means and those who say it is are missing something.

    Here’s to hoping he turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to the USSF and USMNT.

  85. joe says:

    except without the huge gaps in midfield made by mismanagement. the terrible high lines when leading by multiple goals. and good players to fill those positions…but yeah basically the same formation.

  86. Todd says:

    It is a good move. Clearly a shake up was needed. I like BB but there is no way he was going to help the NT move forward into the next WC cycle.

    Is Klinsmann perfect? Of course not. I remember being in Munich after he first started the job at Bayern an and the headlines read “No system, no deas.”

    That said, he does have a solid resume and is the one international coach who has clearly wanted the US job. I can’t see a better choice given the place we’re in now with player development, where the current top XI-18 are in their ages and careers, etc.

  87. joe says:

    please explain your comment, as im sure you were hoping BB could keep his position after the Gold Cup debacle? or were you championing his cause in 2006 as well when we were going after Jurgen. please, further explanation is necessary as i dont understand your reasoning.

  88. JP says:

    Let me premise any negative feeling towards Klinsmann by saying I am happy he is the coach. The US Men were playing kick and run, balls over the top, and relying on a ‘never give up’ attitude. I still think that the best we have ever played was under Arena because we put a lot of pressure on the ball all over the field, we forced turnovers, were disruptive and Arena really understood that a shut down defense is the first stop to a good offense. That is the only system that is going to work if Americans want mediocre players to play like a top 10 country. We just do not have the talent to play teams straight up and win. We have to beat more talented teams tactically, which is why Bradley cannot beat Mexico. I think the USMNT will play better immediately because they were tired of BB’s message, or stopped believing it. They will all step up because there is now a competition for the new coaches approval. Unfortunately, a hire like Klinsmann demands immediate changes. Klinsmann does not have a very strong player pool, he has no miracle players in the wings, and he can only do so much with so little. The expectations are higher than he can possible hope to meet. I was not a Bradley fan but can we really argue that any coach can take this team into the Final 8 of the World Cup, or breeze through CONCACAF easily?

  89. This Guy says:

    Who knew Mikey and Bob could vote fast enough to give themselves 3%!

  90. Second City says:

    you forgot Kljestan.

  91. Second City says:

    Did him dirty by giving a “lame duck” manager a 4 year contract, that will see a paycheck for three additional years despite not being at the post?

    Did him dirty but allowing Bradley to find a job after the World Cup and Bradley came up with zero offers?

    No, Sunil did him a favor. He did the USNT “dirty” by rehiring a manager for a second cycle and giving him a four year contract, knowing it wasn’t best for the program and ultimately hiring his replacement one year later than he should have, basically forfeiting a year of preparation going towards 2014.

    Bob’s winning, no matter how you look at it.

  92. Flipper says:

    F*ck yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. JW says:

    Can we get a poll for the youth coaching positions? Also, um, just ignore Sasho Cirvoski in that poll. I hear he’s terrible and should never be considered (Go Terps!).

  94. chris says:

    possession possession possesion jurgen will help us with that thas why we lost against brazil and thats why we lost against mexico recently we didnt know how to move the ball!!! that and michael bradley gave up the ball on many important parts of the game against mexico.

  95. fubar says:

    Maybe this will help. US development of youth is a morass of competing clubs and cesspools of people looking out for only their own ambitions. Nothing is cohesive or organized. Bradenton is a joke. Over 80% of the kids there are 2nd or 3rd choices. Most youths stick with their clubs and high schools opting to stay in comfortable surroundings.

    Their is no rhyme nor reason to ANYTHING about development. ODP is even worse.

    What is needed is a clear vision and implentation of what it takes to go from being a U-5 recreation toddler all the way to the USMNT.

    I dare anyone one these boards to name a system now in place that works in that manner.


  96. VinceN says:

    i’m surprised 2% still went to bradley out of 2000 votes…that means 20 members of his family and friends still visit SBI…lol

  97. mw says:

    huge gaps in midfield does not necessarily equal mismanagement. It can also just be a case of players not playing well enough, choosing poor times to go forward and getting caught out of position….there are literally hundreds of reasons that there is a gap in midfield. And while I agree that playing a high line against Mexico while up 2 and going for more goals was a bad decision in hindsight, that’s kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I can’t even count the number of times I’d heard people complain about “Bunker Bob” being ultra-conservative with a lead.

  98. PetedeLA says:

    Reyna played at a very high level while a player. He was an intelligent player who had very good technique.

    He has already shown he is interested in coaching as a career.

    He knows the US soccer mentality, and he is familiar with the US’s current youth set up.

    If Klinsmann does end up jumping ship prematurely, I would feel comfortable with someone like Reyna.

    People respected him as a player, and I can easily imagine him garnering respect as a coach.

    I was fortunate to speak with him briefly during WC2006 and he comes across as wise and grounded.

  99. strider says:

    I’m pretty ambivalent about this. I think that many of the recent issues with the USMNT had to do with the player pool, e.g. no strong forwards, and injuries, e.g. Stu Holden, and NOT with the Bob. I think that he was a good manager and enabled us to accomplish some things that hadn’t happened before (finals of a FIFA competition and winning our WC2010 group) with little credit. It is obvious that Gulati has been trying to land Klinsman as coach for some time and finally was willing to give Klinsi what he wanted. I think he will work out reasonably well and will be rooting for him and the team, but still feel bad for how Bob was treated.

  100. Luke says:

    Reyna might be a good choice for one of his assistant coaches, but not for his number 2. I think he brings in a x’s and o’s guy with lot’s coaching experience.

  101. Brett says:

    I hope:

    Klinsmann has a plan to revamp the approach to youth soccer in the United States. A fresh eye toward scouting, and more flexibility with bringing in players who play on the fringes. If we are hoping he is going to deliver a team capable of winning trophies between now and 2014, we might as well go ahead and start working on our disappointment.

    I believe:

    Klinsmann is a PR hire. This job is, to him, an audition to get back into the Bundesliga as a coach. He will bring a fresh eye toward player selections, new methods of practice and training, new attacking philosophies, and a sense of urgency in possession. In the end, we will be a slightly better team with JK than we were with Bradley, but the USSF needs changes from top to bottom to take the next step. One coach on a 4 year cycle is not going to change that.

    To end on a positive note, I am happy now that we scheduled that friendly vs Mexico. That will be a great litmus test for Klinsmann.

  102. ex_sweeper says:

    According to the German press, Klinsmann was fired from Bayern Munich in part because he tried to implement unconventional new-agey training approaches (“pictures of Buddha in the locker room”) and lost the confidence of the senior players. Not to mention that they lost a lot of games… I’m sure Landon won’t mind a few meditation sessions, particularly if they take place on the beach. Hey, this is going to be fun to watch!

  103. TGA says:

    “You have the fact that in the U.S. it’s mostly organized soccer, when we know that the best players in the world come out of unorganized events.” Jurgen Klinsman

    It doesn’t matter who the USMNT coach is…as long as we continue to produce these joyless robots…talented kids who have never fallen in love with game…we will never get to the top…or even near it…

  104. houdynamofan says:

    I’m not clear on your statement and I can’t tell if you are being sarcastic.

    Do you really think the “US Program” should be in charge of everything? What is the “US program”? You want Sunil Gulati, a native of Allahabad, India, to be in charge and make all of the decisions?

  105. Justa Guy says:

    What formation do you think works best given the U.S. players?

  106. Justa Guy says:

    And one head coach can do that all?

  107. Jon L. says:

    This is a fantastic hire because they hired an experienced, winning coach.

  108. CA says:

    I’m curious to read what type of control Klinsi has over the youth system. Klinsmann’s previous comments about our backwards youth system is one the many reasons I’ve been a fan of his for the last few years.

  109. Hans says:

    klinsmann is god! lol

  110. Alex G says:

    its superb, exactly what we needed, now its going to be the time we show those Bradley lovers what a capable coach looks like

  111. houdynamofan says:

    And you think one organization can do that? If you think US Soccer is so good that they will organize all of the talented soccer players in the US (how can they identify them all?) and develope them, and feed them, etc… you have your hopes misplaced.

    Decentralizing always works.

  112. ACS says:

    haha If your dad was Jurgen Klinsman and you have to trying to stop 1000 shots/day from him growing up would make for a good goalkeeper.

  113. Felix says:

    I voted it was the right move to make, but wrong hire.
    Klinsmann is overrated. There’s a reason he was in such low demand overseas. He’s sounds like a great coach, and his brilliant playing career makes people think he could be a great coach – but so far, his managing career hasnt amounted to much.
    I for the absolute life of me, cannot understand why fans are enamored with this guy.

  114. ACS says:

    It’s Adu time

  115. dhawk says:

    I just read his payout is about $2,000,000.00. I doubt he feels that bad.

  116. DingDong says:

    Fair point. He knew this was a possibility when he resigned.

  117. mw says:

    Just curious, but what does Gulati’s hometown have to do with your comments? Are you insinuating that people who aren’t born in this country should always be questioned and assumed to be “against us”?

  118. mw says:

    Not that I’m saying this will happen, but what if he utterly fails? Will you come back and eat your words?

  119. JrDosSantos says:

    link to youtube.com

    OH reallllly?

  120. CG says:

    Wouldn’t get US soccer?? He got South Korean soccer. He got Australian soccer. He got Russian soccer. He’s getting Turkish soccer. Obviously has a little bit to say about Dutch soccer.


  121. Chris says:

    Bernhardt Peters? Maybe not as his #2, but part of his staff. I seem to remember Klinsmann leaving the Germany post because of the DFBs unwillingness to hire a very successful fieldhockey coach as part of their setup. Peters went on to become a key part of Hoffenheim’s back room team. Not sure if he’s still at Hoffenheim since Rangnick quit?

  122. Brent McD says:

    I agree Bob was unlucky with injuries. Losing Charlie Davies might have been the biggest blow of them all. As many have said, our player pool is not that deep, quality-wise.

    Hopefully Klinsmann can begin to change that. A massive undertaking — to change an entire coaching paradigm in youth soccer development. I’m not sure any one person can accomplish this, but why not Klinsi….?

  123. john says:

    CG: hiddink is simply a hired gun. my comment re: us soccer is more to it’s issues than hiddink.

    however, hiddink would fail almost as certainly as gullit did (see below for the joke) in the US — although he was mls.

  124. KNPonder says:

    Really good points. If you take a look at the whole picture, Bob probably knew that he was agreeing to a no-win situation. It was a marriage of convenience where both probably knew deep down it was not going to work. In some ways, both are equally at fault.

  125. KNPonder says:

    Can’t see MB yet. He still has some growing up to do. I love his fire, passion, tenacity, and work ethic but he does have some flaws. Once he irons those out, he could make a good captain – but that is several years out IMHO.

  126. gtv says:

    Hails yeah! Adu, Holden, Davies, Altidore. Midfield and up top are solid. Need to shore up the backline.

  127. Eurosnob says:

    Expect 4231, but he will be flexible with the formations.

  128. Gumshoe218 says:

    Love it! Sasho is MARYLAND SOCCER!

  129. Bill says:

    I see Bob and MB have voted in the poll…

  130. Marvin says:

    I dont know if Klinsmann is the right man for our team. But we must all rally behind him and back him no matter what. I hope he does well and I hope we see new faces on Aug 10th. Like Disk, Chandler, Torres, Castillo, Joe Corona etc.

  131. Yusef says:

    I know he is up there in age, but ‘Dolo should be captain whenever fit enough to be on the pitch.

  132. marco says:

    I believe Alexi Lalas beat you to that one.

  133. CG says:

    I’m still not getting the joke, but that’s OK. I’d take my chances on Hiddink’s success as a hired gun any day. If the general consensus is that one cycle is good for a coach/NT program, then they’re all hired guns.

    Good coaches are good coaches and he’s punched above his weight for a while now. Jury still out on Turkey.

  134. houdynamofan says:

    Please! I see so much passion for the game with kids that play it.
    It’s not love of the game. The fact is the most athletic kids play football (American), baseball and basketball. They get scholarships and dream of becoming rich.

    No USMNT coach is going to change that.

  135. whateva says:

    Bayern were 3 points out of first with 5 games to play when Klinsmann was fired.

    I don’t know about you, but I’d say that he wasn’t doing a bad job. Maybe he lost the squad; maybe the board hated him. Whatever happened he was not fired for poor on-field performance.

  136. Pavlovich says:

    Klinsmann will struggle because the player pool is currently in a bad place. The back 4 is a disaster and we don’t have any strikers who can be counted on for anything. Maybe Jurgen can light a fire under Altidore.

  137. CplDaniel says:

    Didn’t we have a 3-man backline in at least one of the matches in WC-2002?

  138. beachbum says:

    forever weak your hateful posts

  139. GW says:

    “if not for Jurgen the Germans would not be where they r right now.”

    Which Jurgen?

    There are a number of ways to take that statement.

  140. GW says:

    None of the things you listed guarantees that he will be a good manager.

    As a minor example, Jason Kreis was a pretty averge player.

  141. GW says:

    “no coach should be manager for 8 years, ”

    Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, haven’t done too bad.

  142. GW says:

    It’s not just Turkey.

    Hiddink managed a Russia team that failed to get to the World Cup because they were knocked out by Slovenia. Remember them? We played them in the World Cup.

  143. GW says:

    He’s a better BS artist with the media than Bradley ever was. One reason he is so beloved.

    Lots of style, questionable substance.

  144. GW says:

    More like 1.5 M.

    Face it the USSF had a bad year, bad Gold Cup, the women choking at their World Cup and Sunil being overwhelmed and losing the World Cup bid.

    The USSF had to make a big splash to take the heat off.

  145. GW says:

    That influence was in place way long before Klinsmann got there.

  146. Alex G says:

    whatever, yeah!!, Ill eat my words but we now that is not going to happen, I don´t hate Bradley I just think he wasn´t a very good coach, just look at all the results he managed to blow…

  147. beachbum says:

    look at results, agreed :)

    and I’m still hopeful and rooting for Jurgen

  148. Goalscorer24 says:

    Klinsman knows the US player better then Hiddink.

  149. Justa Guy says:

    Here’s a radical idea. Given the USNMT’s glut of decent midfielders and relative weakness at forwards, what do you think of a 4-6-0 formation? Here’s an article on it: link to zonalmarking.net. I’m not advocating this. Just thinking out loud.

  150. Justa Guy says:

    Here’s a radical idea. Given the USNMT’s glut of decent midfielders and relative weakness at forwards, what do you think of a 4-6-0 formation? Here’s an article on it: link to zonalmarking.net. I’m not advocating this. Just thinking out loud.