Klinsmann Stirs Hornet’s Nest

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Update: Here is the story in full.

Perennial US Soccer “savior” Jurgen Klinsmann sat down with Sasha Victorine on the KC Wizards pre-game before their 2-0 win over Chivas.

The meat of the conversation: Klinsmann was again the apple of Gulati’s eye. This time the German made more concessions, but an inability to have full control of his technical staff led to negotiations breaking off. So says Klinsmann at least.

Awaiting video here. I’ve grabbed some of the Twitter feed of the KC Wizards after the break.

Begs the questions what Bob Bradley’s contract is and, again, what was Gulati’s goals and his current expectations after South Africa.


#Klinsmann conversation with @SashaVictorine on #KCWizards pre-game show is over. Full video will be available later on KCWizards.com. #MLS

about 6 hours ago via TweetDeck

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#Klinsmann says that #MLS teams should absolutely take the lead in developing youth talent in the USA…not leave burden with US Soccer.

about 6 hours ago via TweetDeck

#Klinsmann says that ever #MLS team should have their own style of play based on the community that they play in. Good stuff so far.

about 6 hours ago via TweetDeck

#Klinsmann says that absolutely an American coach can succeed overseas. Says Bruce Arena or Bob Bradley could be strong #EPL coaches.

about 6 hours ago via TweetDeck

#Klinsmann says that sticking point was putting that he had full control over #USMNT technical staff in a written contract.

about 6 hours ago via TweetDeck

#Klinsmann confirms on #KCWizards pre-game that he had conversations about taking over #USMNT after the 2010 World Cup.

about 6 hours ago via TweetDeck

#Klinsmann says #USMNT reached their goal at the 2010 World Cup…he thinks they could have won Ghana game and gone deeper.

about 6 hours ago via TweetDeck

#Klinsmann says that he’s happy Spain won #WorldCup due to their constant attacking style of play. #KCWizards

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Hercules on 2010/09/19 at 11:00 PM

    This definitely stirs up the hornet’s nest.

    My question is if the only sticking point was having his own technical staff, why did USSoccer not concede that point? Don’t most national team coaches have control over their own staff? I know that Maradona was fired because he wanted to keep someone that they didn’t want him to keep, but that was after the cycle was over and they were in negotiations over a new contract.

    Altogether, it just seems weird that technical staff control would be the sticking point over the negotiations. There must be either more to the story (as this is Klinsmann’s side of the story, not that it is likely that we’ll ever hear the other side), or USSoccer was only wanting to make a token effort to get Klinsmann after the roar of the fans, and the somewhat public campaigning that ESPN, Lalas, and crew did for Klinsmann.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/09/20 at 6:46 AM

      Maybe it was control of the whole US set up (from youth to senior) rather than just the senior team.


      • Posted by Hercules on 2010/09/20 at 7:54 AM

        That’s what the rumors have always said, but that isn’t what I’m reading into his comments.

        But like I said, this is only Klinsmann’s side of the story, and we’ll probably never hear USSoccer’s side.


        • Posted by dth on 2010/09/20 at 8:17 AM

          I’m guessing Kilnsmann has spun it to sound like he just wanted control of the assistants but really wanted control of everything.

          And it’s very reasonable of the USSF to refuse were that the demand: it’d be pretty ridiculous to fire the u20 and u17 coaches months before qualification for their respective World Cups.


        • I’d think that that’s something that could be very easily addressed though. We have x coaches on staff that we want to see work through their cycles and then evaluate, that sort of thing. Just because Klinsmann would want to be over the technical staff doesn’t mean he’d clean house and rebuild from the ground up in one fell swoop (or so I’d assume at least).


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/09/20 at 11:23 AM

          I am not sure that he would want to fire the U17 and U20 coaches. Obviously I am guessing here, but my thought would be more along the lines of he wanted the youth teams to play the same way as the senior team so that when the youth players make that step up, it would be more seamless.


        • Certainly possible; I’m just speculating.

          But I think your idea probably isn’t it, though: both Cabrera and Rongen favor attacking, possession-based systems when they have the players to play that way. It’s possible that Klinsmann wouldn’t perceive it that way. Ultimately we just don’t know a lot of what’s involved here.


  2. This story almost makes me cry. I can’t believe Bob is our coach again… wtf.


  3. Posted by Chad on 2010/09/20 at 7:01 AM

    What does full control of the technical staff mean? That he wanted to hire his own assistants? Who could disagree with that? Does it mean that he wants to choose the coaches for all US teams at all levels? Replace Reyna with someone else? If you were willing to hire the guy, why not try things his way for 4 years? This doesn’t sound quite right to me.


  4. Posted by Kick-Ass on 2010/09/20 at 10:28 AM

    Klinsmann was not given full control of the USMNT in writing because Gulati and company (USSF) were not planing on keeping their word. Look the only thing that Gulati and company care about is making money for themselves. Maybe Klinssman’s plan did not include building a team around Donovan, Dempsey, Howard, .. etc because like it or not these players will be over the hill by 2014 and these players are money cows for USSF. I can almost gurantee that these players are angry at Bob because this was their prime World Cup and Bob’s decisions blew it for them. It is too bad that we are getting Bob and not Klinssman because I feel that it is time for a change. Look our USMNT is aging and we need to bring in about 80% of new young players and I feel that Bob cannot do this because he is a loyay man to his crew.


    • Gulati is being paid a dollar a year to be USSF President. Money is not among his principal motivations.


  5. Posted by maxq on 2010/09/20 at 10:44 AM

    So tired of hearing about/from Kilinnsman. I wish he would just go away.


  6. Posted by UncleDude on 2010/09/21 at 3:49 PM

    “So tired of hearing about/from Kilinnsman. I wish he would just go away.”



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