Former Germany player and coach Jürgen Klinsmann is the new head coach of the U.S. mens’ soccer team. This decision is not all that surprising — twice before, Klinsmann was almost hired for the job. He is familiar with the United States, having lived in California for many years, and maintaining a residence in Huntington Beach.
What is the burden on him? A lot. Under Klinsmann, Germany’s play developed into a more attacking style and he took them to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup, which they lost to Italy, eventually beating Portugal for third place. Later, as coach of Bayern Munich, he introduced changes into the club’s style of play and training. Can he replicate those successes in the U.S.? We’ll get a first glimpse when the U.S. faces Mexico in a friendly on August 10th.