Klinsmann signs extension with U.S. national team

1:52 PM, Dec 12, 2013   |    comments
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Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jurgen Klinsmann has agreed to a four-year contract extension as head coach of the United States men's national team, it was announced Thursday.

The new deal will take Klinsmann through 2018 with the former World Cup champion also becoming the Technical Director for U.S. Soccer. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"One of the reasons we hired Jurgen as our head coach was to advance the program forward and we've seen the initial stages of that happening on the field and also off the field in various areas," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "In the past two years he has built a strong foundation from the senior team down to the youth teams and we want to continue to build upon that success."

Klinsmann has been at the helm for more than two years, compiling an overall record of 27-10-7. The 2013 campaign for the United States has been highlighted by a first place finish in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, a fifth Gold Cup title, a defeat of No. 2-ranked Germany and single-year records for wins (16), winning percentage (.761), and consecutive wins (12).

"I am very fortunate to continue the work we started more than two and half years ago," said Klinsmann. "It's exciting to see the progress we have made, and we continue to make improvements on all fronts. The role of Technical Director is a huge challenge and also a huge opportunity as we look to keep connecting the dots to the Youth National Teams, Coaching Education, the Development Academy and the grassroots efforts in this country. These are fascinating topics and I am excited work with so many talented people and hear fresh ideas. For sure it means more work, but also many more fulfilling opportunities."

The United States has been drawn into Group G of the 2014 World Cup along with Ghana, Portugal and Germany. The U.S. opens its tournament on June 16 against Ghana at Estadio Das Dunas in Natal, Brazil.

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