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Sunil Gulati throws support behind Klinsmann

Jul 4, 2014, 11:49 PM EDT

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President of the US Soccer Federation Sunil Gulati has declared his support for national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Gulati tweeted Friday how impressed he was with Klinsmann’s view towards the future after bowing out of the World Cup Round of 16.

“Jurgen Klinsmann has been home for a day and has already sent five emails on ideas for US Soccer moving forward #commitment #1N1T”

It’s a good sign that Klinsmann is looking towards the future, although that is kind of his job.

Klinsmann has a contract through the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and unless the team seriously disappoints in competitions leading up to that event, he’s expected to be allowed to complete that contact before his position is evaluated.

Many struggled to determine whether Klinsmann’s result in the 2014 World Cup was a success or disappointment after the Round of 16 loss to Belgium. Many argued it was successful to just escape the “Group of Death” with Germany, Portugal, and Ghana.  Others said the placement is not any improvement over past results.

  1. vols84 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Anyone saying the results were the same is not viewing this objectively. Last World Cup, most soccer fans wanted Bradley out and Klinsman in. He knows what it takes to develop a program and what is required to compete with the world. I hope he gets at least two more World Cups to move the US forward.

  2. ningenito78 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Klinsman is and should be the coach moving forward. Regardless of opinions on the 2014 World Cup it’s very obvious he has the US team moving in the right direction. This WC was always supposed to be a preparation for the 2018 WC. That’s why he left Donovan home and brought such a young team. We actually EXCEEDED expectations in 2014 as far as I’m concerned. This should be a non issue. Kinsman should be the coach through 2018. Period.

  3. reformed2012 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    If we can’t host 2022, we should push the bid for the centennial edition and keep Klinsmann in charge to that time. We will have a title-contending squad when that time comes.

  4. simonkulberg - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    This sounds like a very good decision to me. Some continuity can`t hurt, especially when the results are decent, and to succeed internationally it helps to have someone around who has actually succeeded himself at that level. And that means a foreigner in the case of the US, and you can`t find anyone more positive to do the job than Klinsmann.
    Just as long as he doesn`t start diving again:)

  5. patriotsdefense - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Klinsmann is the right man for the job.

    USMNT should have a huge 2015. Copa America Cup in the US with all the South American heavy weights. 2015 Gold Cup, which he has already alluded towards being a youth filled roster. And the start of qualifiers for the under-23 age group for the Rio Olympics. Factor in the Women’; World Cup in Canada, and there will be lots of soccer to fill up on.

  6. braxtonrob - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    They should BOTH be gone.

  7. jbq2 - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Stop with the foreign players already. Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation is an Indian foreign national. His dredging of the canals of Stuttgart are out of hand. Let these players declare their American citizenship instead of hopping the “garbage scow” from Germany, Norway, Iceland, and Mexico. This is not even an American team. I have already written my U.S. Senator to seek the cutting off of funds for the Soccer Federation unless Klinnsman commits to an American team. For the national anthems, he won’t even put his hand over his heart. It is more like stuck up his butt scratching. He has a Chinese model wife and a spoiled brat son who will move T. Howard out of the way to become the goal keeper. Donovan had some valid criticisms about offensive expertise. Klinnsman acknowledged not trying to win and playing for 2018. There is also the matter of bribes going to Ghana according to the British Daily Telegraph which ensured that the U.S. advance. Klinnsman makes 2.6 mill for 4 years. He is a very good coach but let him develop an American squad instead of using Hessian and other mercenaries.

    • simonkulberg - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      What`s wrong with Norway? And btw where did they find a good Norwegian player? I haven`t seen one in years.

    • novemberreign - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Last time I checked every player on the U.S. 23 man squad were all citizens of the United States. Immigration is a staple of America. It helped build this nation. You are a product of immigrants. If you had paid any attention to grade school history you might understand that.

      You seen xenophobic and bitter over things that have little importance. You also seem to lack understanding of international football. Please spare the public from your ignorance and hatred. Life’s too short for it.

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