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
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
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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