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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bradley named U.S. coach

AP

NEW YORK — Now that the U.S. Soccer federation's perennial coach-in-waiting finally has the job, Juergen Klinsmann will be expected to kick-start a stagnant men's national team.

The USSF moved quickly Friday in hiring Klinsmann a day after the firing of Bob Bradley.

The former standout player and coach for the German national team will be a familiar name to American fans. The U.S. almost hired Klinsmann twice — first after the 2006 World Cup and again last year before giving Bradley what turned out to be a short-lived contract extension.

Klinsmann will be introduced Monday at a news conference in New York. His first game as U.S. coach is Aug. 10 against Mexico in an exhibition in Philadelphia.

Qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins next June.

"He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program," USSF President Sunil Gulati said. "Juergen 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."

Klinsmann is the first non-American to coach the national team since Bora Milutinovic (1991-95), who was succeeded by Steve Sampson (1995-98), Bruce Arena (1998-06) and Bradley.

Former U.S. defender Alexi Lalas, who worked alongside Klinsmann for ESPN at last year's World Cup, expects him to inject energy, but notes he's not a miracle worker.



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