Former Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann has been named the new head coach of the United States. The announcement comes a day after Bob Bradley was sacked following five years in charge.
Klinsmann had a distinguished playing career, highlighted by winning the FIFA World Cup™ in 1990 and European championship in 1996 with Germany, but has had only fleeting spells in management, first with Germany and later Bayern Munich.
He has also lived primarily in the United States since retiring from playing, and has frequently been linked with the national team job and vacancies in Major League Soccer. "I am proud and honoured to be named the head coach of the US Men's National Team," said Klinsmann, who will take charge of his first match on 10 August against rivals Mexico.
"I would like to thank the US Soccer Federation for the opportunity, and I'm excited about the challenge ahead. I am looking forward to bringing the team together for our upcoming match against Mexico and starting on the road toward qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup."
Klinsmann enjoyed an outstanding playing career that lasted 17 years and included spells with Stuttgart, Inter Milan, Monaco, Tottenham and Bayern Munich. He scored 47 goals in 108 appearances for Germany and West Germany.
He retired from playing in 1998, and took his first management job with Germany in 2004. He led them to third place in the 2006 World Cup on home soil, but stepped down from the role after the tournament. Two years later, he took charge of Bayern, reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but left after one season.
No details of his contract with the United States have been released. "We are excited to have Jurgen as the head coach of our men's national team," said US Soccer president Sunil Gulati. "He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Jurgen 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 will be introduced at a press conference in New York on Monday.