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Klinsmann shuffles coaching staff, adding major firepower

Mar 30, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

Michael O'Neill, Berti Vogts AP

If a coaching staff can win a World Cup with resumes, US Soccer’s chances at the 2014 trophy in Brazil just got a whole lot better.

Jurgen Klinsmann has announced that two big names — one very familiar to most US fans, the other perhaps not — will join his coaching staff through the 2014 tournament.

Berti Vogts and Tab Ramos are on board now, and let’s start with the name some of you may not be incredibly familiar with: Vogts. He won a World Cup and European Championship as a player West Germany, and also lead Germany to the 1996 Euro title as manager.

Vogts is currently also the manager of Azerbaijan, a role he’s had since 2008 and will keep, after stints as boss of Nigeria, Scotland and Kuwait.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Berti join us as an advisor,” said Klinsmann. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both as a player and a coach, and he knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. He was my coach for Germany in the 1990s and we have a great relationship. Through his time as the head coach of Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan, he is obviously very familiar with our opponents in the group stage of the World Cup, and for us this is a huge bonus.”

In his role as Special Advisor, Vogts will aid in the development of training plans, help prepare scouting reports, and travel to observe matches of the USA’s opponents in the lead-up to the tournament and in Brazil.

Meanwhile, Tab Ramos has been promoted from his role as U-20 men’s coach, having led the unit to the 2013 World Cup, while former Chivas USA boss Martin Vasquez has been transitioned to “other responsibilities within US Soccer.” Ramos will be a member of the coaching staff, though a specific role was not specified.

Ramos played in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cup for the United States, retiring in 2000 after 81 caps and eight goals for the Yanks. He’s also the U.S. Youth Technical Director.

  1. jslip1 - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I’d say this is pretty clear solidification of the culture he wishes to develop around the entire USMNT program. Also, a good move. He knows what he’s doing.

  2. mikeevergreen - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    He’s bringing in the kowledge of men who have been to where the US wants to be. Don’t be too surprised if Rudi Voller or Franz Beckenbauer make cameos in the next cycle.

    Sometimes I wonder if JK is shooting for a US/Germany WC final.

  3. geojock - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    The timing is simple, Vogts is a high profile guy and USA cant have much of him so they need to get him when he have maximum impact.

  4. thfc54 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Love Tab Ramos, he was our first player to play at the highest level abroad and he develops young talent. Vogts is a great hire as well. My question is why weren’t they brought on board a year ago? Still we have to be happy they are on board now.

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