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28 August, 2010

Klinsmann Meets With USSF On Head Coaching Position

According to ESPN's Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers, the USSF and Gulati have met with Klinsmann over a coaching role with the USMNT. Now what exactly this means is debatable.

It could be simply getting some suggestive advice on how to improve scoring (the guy played as a striker for numerous teams including Spurs and Bayern Munich, and was a technical adviser for the Galaxy in 2004), or it could be for taking over a role of head coach if BB steps down (quite possibly to take the AV role in which Klinsmann would reprise the role he held up through the 2006 WC with Germany). I wouldn't mind a guy who's scored 47 times for Der Mannschaft in 108 caps.

Our take is that we aren't so sure about it. Yeah, most fans of the USMNT want it to happen, but Klinsmann was up for the position before Bob Bradley and turned it down over control issues with the team. Control is Gulati's middle name and I don't think he's willing to let a coach have that much freedom, including choosing a US squad all by his lonesome (it was rumored that Gulati and the USSF have a say in the callups for the USMNT, for better or worse). Personally, I think Klinsmann, given the support and freedom, could definitely move the USMNT forward, but until there is some definitive proof that he's got the job like BB walking around Birmingham International Airport or Charlie Davies tweeting that he can't wait to work with him, we'll hold our breath.

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