In the midst of all this wild NFL news and rumor, there was something strange trending on Twitter. Jürgen Klinsmann’s name was amongst the words, even if just for a little bit. That’s exciting as a fan of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT.)
The team fired former coach Bob Bradley July 28th and worked quickly to hire Jürgen Klinsmann (or announce his hiring) on July 29th. Bradley’s future has been in doubt ever since the end of the last World Cup, but it was assumed by most once he survived that tourney with his job intact that he would be around for a while. He signed an extension with U.S. soccer that would have carried him to the 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately, a disappointing showing in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup was enough to seal his fate.
Jürgen Klinsmann was a desirable target for most U.S. soccer fans immediately following the 2010 World Cup’s disappointing loss to Ghana. I’ll have fond memories of the 2010 World Cup, but honestly it took an improbable game of ridiculous heroics by Landon Donovan and the boys against Algeria winning in almost absolutely the last possible seconds. (See my favorite video below.)
So Bob Bradley is now gone. Jürgen Klinsmann is in. The United States won’t have much time to figure things out as they have a “friendly” against arch-rival Mexico in Philly on August 10th at 8:30 PM. I believe coverage will be on ESPN2.
That isn’t a lot of time for Klinsmann to determine who will – and more importantly won’t – be called up to represent their country. Most expect Klinsmann to look to put his own stamp on the roster as compared with Bradley’s vision of the team. Should be an interesting week and a half for those of us who follow the USMNT.