Jurgen Klinsmann, Sunil Gulati Reportedly Discuss US Coaching Job
Former German national team and Bayern Munich head coach Jürgen Klinsmann has met with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the U.S. head coaching job, according to an ESPN.com report. Klinsmann is interested in the job, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions cited in the report, but the source gave no other details.
UPDATE: Jurgen Klinsmann Confirms He Discussed US Soccer Job
The news of Klinsmann's talks with Gulati comes on the heels of Gulati's Thursday meeting with Bradley in Los Angeles, as first reported by The Washington Post. The two reportedly discussed Bradley's coaching status, but no decision was made on Bradley's future with U.S. Soccer.
Bradley, who guided the U.S. to the knockout stage at this summer's World Cup, has been linked with a couple of English clubs since the tournament's conclusion. He said he reached out to Fulham about its vacant head coaching job, which ultimately went to Mark Hughes. More recently he's been mentioned as a candidate for the job at Aston Villa. Bradley revealed his interest in the Villa job in an interview with the BBC this week.
Gulati targeted Klinsmann as a candidate for the U.S. job when seeking Bruce Arena's replacement following the 2006 World Cup, at which Klinsmann led Germany to a surprise semifinal appearance. Klinsmann passed, however, and the the position went to Bradley. He has compiled a 38-21-8 record during his tenure, highlighted by the team's historic run to the 2009 Confederations Cup final and a round-of-16 finish in South Africa.
Nonetheless, it appears that Klinsmann, out of coaching since being fired by Bayern Munich in April 2009, could again have a chance to claim the job if he wants it. Unlike most top flight European coaches, the legendary German striker has ties to the U.S. as a longtime Southern California resident and former technical adviser with the Los Angeles Galaxy.