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Jurgen Klinsmann turned down several job offers to remain with USMNT

Jul 13, 2014, 1:45 PM EST

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Last week, there were reports that Galatasaray had United States’ coach Jurgen Klinsmann in their sites. Ultimately the Turkish club appointed Cesare Prandelli, but it turns out that wasn’t the only club interested in wooing Klinsmann away. The coach told Bild that several other teams were interested.

He said:

There have been several enquiries from European clubs but I told them straight away that they don’t have to follow up on them. That’s not an issue for me. I am under contract here until 2018, and I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks.

Klinsmann was appointed in July 2011, and although his first games in charge failed to impress USMNT fans, it was always understood that building a side that could compete with the world’s best would take time. Even as he named his squad for the 2014 World Cup, it was evident that the goal wasn’t to win the tournament — it was to impress in Russia in 2018.

But the U.S. did manage to cause a stir in Brazil, starting off with a win over Ghana, nearly coming away with a win over Portugal and giving Germany much more to worry about than most had ever thought possible. A bit more luck against Belgium, and the USMNT could’ve been in to the quarterfinals.

Klinsmann’s work’s not over, though, and he knows it. That’s good for the United States, as their younger players will see some consistency. The next step is for the U.S. to defend their title at the 2015 Gold Cup, likely continuing to impress along the way — and, hopefully, continuing to grow U.S. soccer in the process.

  1. aceinthehole12 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Very nice !

  2. jrocknstuff - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Of course if we can win the Gold Cup next year that will put us into the Confederations Cup without having to go through a playoff. I know we’ll want to see what certain players can do on the national stage, but I hope we field a fairly talented side. Maybe Green will crack the starting eleven for the tournament?

    • patriotsdefense - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Gold Cup next summer and the Copa America Centernario the summer after followed by the Olympics later that same summer. It will be a good couple of years for USMNT fans. I’m really looking forward to the Americas tournament though, with CONMEBOL and CONCACAF.

      • soccerkickin - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        There’s always tomorrow, that’s the beauty of soccer – but there were a few questions raised by Klinsy’s coaching that maybe people want to overlook and brush aside. Playing Bradley as an attacking midfielder which largely nullified his strengths – and continuing to play him higher up when he was clearly struggling there his first few games, switching formations during the middle of a World Cup into one he had never utilized before, playing Cameron in midfield vs Belgium, leaving versatile Landon at home (which may have prompted the Bradley move forward and others).

        There’s a few more and certainly there are the bright spots such as the trust he shows in younger players – but not bringing Landon bit him when Jozy went down (not that Landon would have been a direct replacement, but he could have filled one of the attacking spots) – this is why you bring your strongest 23 and not make power-based Ollie Kahn type omissions.

        He’s a decent coach but maybe better suited for a player development or sporting director type role than as the head coach of a national team.

  3. schmutzdeck - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    soccerkickin,

    ” this is why you bring your strongest 23″

    Donovan was not one of the “strongest 23″. He did not buy into JK’s program. DMB did and he went. LD wanted to go but only under his terms and I see no reason why anyone would want any player who dictates terms like that. Especially one whose skills had declined.

    ” and not make power-based Ollie Kahn type omissions”

    Kahn was not omitted. He was on the 2006 team but he was very clearly not as good as Jens Lehmann who was probably the best keeper in Europe that year (look it up). JK did take him as a backup when he talked it over with Kahn and Kahn agreed to be a good locker room guy. Kahn he kept his word.

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