Report: Klinsmann meets with Gulati

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A meeting that seemed inevitable since the end of the U.S. men's national team's run at the 2010 World Cup has taken place.

Juergen Klinsmann has met with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati to discuss the U.S. head coaching position, ESPN.com reported on Friday night. Klinsmann has been regarded as a leading candidate to take the job ever since he and Gulati failed to reach a deal back in 2006, when Gulati first pursued the German legend before hiring current U.S. coach Bob Bradley.

Gulati met with Bradley on Thursday to discuss the future of the position, which Bradley is contracted to hold until the end of 2010. The sides are no closer to a new deal, and the latest news of Klinsmann's discussion with Gulati, and his reported interest in the position, makes it clear that Bradley's return beyond 2010 is no sure thing.

With the United States scheduled to play a pair of friendlies in October, a decision on the coaching position should come in September. Whether it will be Klinsmann or Bradley, or some other coach is the question.

What do you think of this development? Hoping Gulati hires Klinsmann, or think Bradley deserves another contract?

Share your thoughts below.

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79 Responses to Report: Klinsmann meets with Gulati

  1. WeatherManNX01 says:

    What’s different that Klinsmann might be more inclined to take the job than he was four years ago?

  2. Jon says:

    Klinsmann wanted the job, but only with more power that Gulati wasn’t willing to give. Hopefully Sunil has changed his mind.

  3. MrTuktoyaktuk says:

    ^ +1 If control was the deal breaker before, hard to believe anything has changed.

  4. Darrell says:

    Ives,

    I wonder if this is a negotiation tactic with Bradley? Maybe Bradley is holding out for what USSF feels is too much money and this is their way of putting pressure on him? If they want JK, why now? Why not a month ago and avoid the problems?

  5. Duck says:

    My question exactly. Has either side changed their stance? I heard that Klinsmann wanted larger control over the US youth setup as head coach of the senior side. Do you think USSF is willing to meet his requirements now?

  6. usa soccerboy says:

    I wish Bradley would get the Aston Villa job and Klinsmann would get the US Soccer job and everything would be perfect and everyone would be happy. Peace.

  7. torporindy says:

    We need new blood. More than one World Cup cycle with the same team is too much for any coach. Bob Bradley did a very good job. Good luck to him and let’s get started again.

  8. Goalscorer24 says:

    Go with Klinsmann! I think it will be one of the better decisions US Soccer has made.

  9. Jeff M in CHI says:

    Give Klinsi a lot of space to advise Claudio R and others… Yeah, the clash of egos would have to be managed, but seriously, if we can’t use his insights on development, then USSF is too close minded. Klinsi is a winner, thru & thru….Whatever he asks for aside from blood from a stone, give it to him. of course, he’s gotta be in it for full WC cycle…Brazil twice we hope.

  10. Vandy says:

    The one thing that’s changed is the vadidity of Klinsmann’s approach to national team player development. Four years ago, Klinsi’s reputation rested entirely on his playing career and a good showing at the WC that could be partially attributed to home-field advantage.

    The ensuing four years have proven Klinsmann (and Joachim Low) correct; not only was Germany a force at this WC, they look like one of the favorites for Brazil ’14. Based on what’s happened since 2006, Sunil might see Klinsmann as the coach to help the player pool make the next step in its development.

  11. Gabe says:

    i agree with usa soccerboy!!

  12. ANM says:

    I think the big difference between now and four years ago is that US Soccer is in a more advantageous position with regard to negotiating with JK. In 2006, Klinsmann has just come off a successful World Cup run and clearly had many suitors. His failure at Bayern Munich has taken the shine off of his managerial reputation, and while, as Vandy states above, he deserves some credit for the Germans’ 2010 Cup run, all of the accolades have gone to Jogi Löw. And, quite simply, JK needs a job.

    If I had to guess, I’d say that this is not a negotiating ploy with BB, and that this might well happen.

  13. Al says:

    I couldn’t agree more!

  14. Ecualung says:

    In 2006, Klinsi wanted to take an A team to the Copa America. That’s a moot point this time around, since we weren’t invited back. Maybe the absence of that particular hurdle in the negotiations means that USSF successfully lands Klinsmann this time.

    I have to say, if I were Bradley, I’d be getting the feeling I was being held onto only as a second choice, in case the Klinsmann effort fails. If I were Bob, I’d flip USSF the bird and go get the DC United job or the Aston Villa job, if he can.

  15. Gus Keri says:

    And I will add that the US is in a better negotiating position now. In 2006, they had one of the worst performances in the WC and in need of any kind of help. While now, they had one of their better performances and the US and Bradley are on a high and there are good candidates for this prestigious job.

    In regard to JK’s demand of more control over the youth developement, it makes a lot of sense. Especially after the success of the youth development in Germany which was initiated when JK was in charge.

  16. Hutskizzle says:

    i love BB the same as the next USMNT, but its time for him to move on. i’ll always appreciate what hes done for US Soccer in his 4 years

    now… Super Fan Gulati. get JK the job please. theres so many USMNT eligible germans out there that can boost our player pool. lets get it done!

  17. Paul Poenicke says:

    For those who wonder what has changed for USSF to accept Klinsmann now. I tend to think that Sunil’s comments after the Cup–the only actual public comments made by the USSF concerning the coaching situation–is a sign that USSF was slightly disappointed with the results of Bradley’s coaching tenure and willing to risk replacing a safe option with a more combustible option (about any coach would be more combustible than Bob). Sunil sounded like a man who was not pleased with results and wanted to make a chance, which would require sharing power. Grant Wahl’s interview of Klinsmann also revealed that the intransigence of MLS not to release players also played a role in his initial rejection of the coaching job–so not all of the politics of the job was and is in relation to the USSF.

    Tea leaves seem to support the theory that USSF is more willing to get Klinsi and engage his requests.

  18. ShaggyReAL says:

    JK = Jason Kreis. :) In 4 years maybe.

  19. icculus says:

    i love BB the same as the next USMNT…

    From what I can tell, online at least, “the next USMNT (fan) likely has little or no love at all for BB.

    Just sayin’.

  20. Billy Bob says:

    Good luck to Bob. He developed the team and made a very good run. I think JK is the obvious choice at this stage. Maybe next time we’ll make a great run.

  21. Goalscorer24 says:

    I would say most USMNT fans are thankful for Bob’s efforts and some of the results we got, but we need someone who is going to shoot for the moon. Robobob is too conservative.

  22. To' Azeredo says:

    Even if Klinsmann does not become our manager, retaining Bradley for a second round would be an unmitigated disaster. If Sunil/PowersThatBe are considering keeping Bob as a backup option, then they do not deserve their jobs.

  23. TimN says:

    I think Klinsmann is clearly the best choice. He brings new ideas, and a stronger sense of the nuances it takes to be more competitive on the world stage, particularly against European opponents, opponents which bar Poland, the U.S. has traditionally struggled against.

    Bradley did a solid job for the U.S., and definitely had successes, which as I’ve said before often have gone unappreciated. However, keeping him I feel would stagnate the MNT program. I think everybody wins if Bradley gets the Aston Villa job and Klinsmann becomes the next MNT coach. As well, I’ve read that Kevin MacDonald has been given two games to prove himself. His last outing was a horrible 6-0 rout at the hands of newly promoted Newcastle. They currently sit 13th, and tomorrow they play Everton, who sits 17th, at Villa Park. I would venture to say a loss at home tomorrow would heat MacDonald’s seat significantly…

  24. RedLine55 says:

    But what if klinsmann gets the job and the US loses to Poland next month?1?!?! AHHHHH Can you imagine the WWIII poo-storm?!

  25. Adam M. says:

    Klinsman is an appropriate choice. The program has risen to the point where the US’s well-deserved reputation for hard work and toughness has come up hard against the wall that seperates the good teams from the best and some of Bradley’s more troubling tactical decisions in the World Cup made it obvious that he won’t push us through to the next level. We need a manger who is more proactive than Bradley, who can freshly evalaute the talent pool, who is more tactically and techinically aware, and who brings the experience and credibility that playing and managing at the highest level in Europe brings. Klinsman is not a superstar manager, but neither is the US a superstar program. He’s about a good a fit as we are going to find, particularly as he already is familiar with the program, lives here, and speaks English. I don’t think that the US will ever be consistent absent better players, but a manager like Klinsman might not turn an easy Group Stage into a national heart attack or blow a winnable elimination game due to poor decisions that every knowledgeable fan immediately knew were suspect.

  26. 8ball says:

    It ain’t even the moon most fans want. Bob-Lovers and Bob-Haters alike have been screaming for more in the way of better ball possession in the midfield, and creating chances in the final third.

    That’s not too much to ask.

  27. Ben says:

    If Jurgen gets the job, who will be his Low?

  28. 8ball says:

    And one more thing: a tactical system that’s not solely reliant on packing 9 guys behind the ball and looking to break on the counter.

  29. Goalscorer24 says:

    Agreed!

  30. Goalscorer24 says:

    The results next month would not matter. What would be more interesting is to see which players Klinsmann would call up.

  31. P says:

    Nick Theslof would be his Low

  32. Mark says:

    If we had the players to play that style, that’s how we’d play. Don’t blame the coach for what the players lack.

  33. ciscokid says:

    One possible obstacle is Klinsman’s deeply held assertion that the US pay-to-play system of youth soccer has to be turned on it’s head. He’s argued convincingly that our system excludes a large number of potentially high talent players and it puts the emphasis on winning over development.

    I suspect there would be a lot of resistance and a bloodbath if he insisted on trying to reform the system, and Gulati may not want that fight.

    A theory.

  34. northzax says:

    well sure, no one likes pay-to-play. but then, no one else seems to want to pay for it all. as long as we need coaches, and equipment, and fields, and busses, we’ll need someone to pay for them all. you’re talking about tens of millions of dollars a year. at least. so who’s picking up that check, Mr. Klinnsmann?

  35. I don’t think that is too far fetched.

    Jason Kreis is a surprising success. I think he would also be the guy that can assimilate the multiple talent we have in this country.

    Not ready yet, but a future National Team Manager prospect.

  36. Mark says:

    I agree that Klinsman would be a fine choice as a replacement for Bradley, but to infer that Klinsman is somehow a better tactician than Bradley is incorrect. It’s common knowledge that Low was the man behind the tactics for Germany. And to think that Klinsman is going to find anyone different in the player pool other than the obvious choices (Ream, Gonzo, Opara) then you’re delusional. Bradley deserves criticism for some of his team selections, but tactics and not having a handle on the player pool is pretty much bullet proof.

    I think Klinsman will have some new ideas for

  37. Mark says:

    Didn’t finish my thought. I think Klinsman is a more passioniate guy, so I think his approach will be completely different than Bradley’s who we all know is rather stoic and his public facing persona is fairly vanilla. Having a more fiery guy managing the team may help the team. He also has some thoughts on the youth setup, which is where he could really pay dividends in the long run if they can improve the system of identifying and nurturing talent.

  38. Goalscorer24 says:

    I bet we will begin to see a different style under Klinsmann!

  39. Goalscorer24 says:

    How do other countries do it? I think it has less to do with fields and equipment, and more with these club teams trying to make money! I remember being in a JC soccer class and there was latino kid in the class and he was real good. When asked about playing for the college team, he did not have the money, and english was a second language so he did not feel comfortable jumping through all those hoops. Those are the kids we are not getting.

  40. meadowlandmel says:

    it seems to me that you are the same guy than posted on bigsoccer that…

    1. michael bradley was to small to play central midfield.

    2. that bob bradley displayed nepotism by not ever subbing for michael even though thomas rongen never once took him out of a u20 game, peter novak never once subbed him out in the olympics, that three different coaches at gladbach hardly ever sub for him, and in his two and one half years at heerenveen he was hardly ever subbed out.

    3. and weren’t you the one that critized bb for not taking him out of the brazil game even though dempsey, beasley, holden, torres, and clark were not even on the bench.

  41. Mark says:

    He may play less 4-4-2, but if he wants the team to be successful so he isn’t fired, things won’t change that much. The team is best at staying organized and then countering. As good as our best players are, they just aren’t suited to a different style of play, though things may change as new players come through the ranks. Keep your fingers crossed that some of the U-20s and U-17s actually become productive pros and don’t wash out…

  42. SBI Troll says:

    Long term the US might be better off giving Klinsmann the youth technical director job than manager of the senior national team.

  43. Martha c says:

    So what if Klinsman wants to make drastic changes? What’s so great about the system now? Half the u 20 team going to Peru was or is being developed in Mexico. Feilhaber, Gringo Torres, Stuart Holden, Feilhaber, and many others didn’t come up through the traditional US club type program. Brandenton is nice but by the time a player gets there it’s kinda too late. I know we have the new MLS homegrown initiative, but so far only the kid from dc is anygood……
    …… And he also didn’t come up through the traditional us system.

  44. Be Reasonable says:

    Fiery personality does NOT equal better coach in any regard.

  45. Der Sting says:

    No pain, no gain…

  46. Jerome says:

    a couple of relatives!

  47. Eurosnob says:

    That’s why K wants control over the youth development system so they would start developing the players that fit his style.

  48. JoeW says:

    1. I’m not clear that Klinsmann really wants the job. And I’m not really clear Gulati is open-eyed about this (hiring Klinsmann and how realistic his chances are).
    –twice Gulati tried to recruit Klinsmann to play in MLS and the best he got was one game in the 9-11 charity matches.]
    –he tried to get him before Bradley, gave him all the time in the world and Klinsi said “no.”

    2. It’s a bit simplistic to say it was about the Copa and youth soccer. Klinsmann does think our youth system is screwed up. The problems with changing it (in the short-term) are: who’s going to fit the bill if you don’t ask people to pay? and there are too many entrenched interested (ie: youth coaches who make a pretty penny) who would have to give up. As for the Copa, the real issue was that Klinsmann wanted a guarantee that anytime he wanted to call up a player, he’d have access to that player. That’s naive. We have players in Europe who–if called up–might lose an opportunity to play with the first team. Arena and Bradley had to balance that problem all the time with Keller or John O’Brien or Claudio Reyna at times. He wanted to have USSF force MLS to give up players if he chose to call them up–again, naive. When the Gold Cup runs for a month in the heart of the MLS season, if he were to call up…say….Gonzalez, De la Garza, Donovan, Buddle, Stephens and Franklin for a month…anyone have problems with that? MLS teams are pretty accomodating for the NT so it really sounded to me more like Klinsi was intrigued about the NT coach offer but ultimately just didn’t want it enough so it was easier to say something like “we had differences over control.”

    I’ll tell you what most coaches have said about the USNT coaching job–it involves too much control and too much responsibility. Most jobs, you coach the NT–that’s it. You don’t help pick the U20 and U17 coaches, you don’t go around the country to help shape youth development, you don’t offer a lot of advice to Bradenton.

  49. fischy says:

    Only a fool would take the United job right now, and I’m skeptical that a team among the EPL elite would hire an American coach.

  50. fischy says:

    Besides Jermaine Jones, who is basically already in the USA pool, and Daniel Williams, who is not, who else is there?

  51. Mike Caramba says:

    I tend to agree with those that say a fresh perspective is needed–both at the youth and senior levels. JK could be good, and I wouldn’t mind seeing him as our next coach.

    Too bad Guus isn’t available. (Turkey, by the way, are 33-1 on Sportsbook for the next Euros…book it?)

  52. r.benjamin says:

    I think Bob was good not great. He was a good option at the time. He steadied the ship and got the team back on track. But he rarely ornevrr uncovered gems or tactically beat teams. Sure he was above average stallwarting teams.. but he was also prone to head scratchers. Sticking with Clark v Ghana was obvious. Sticking with Sascha was obvious

    To take the US to the next level we need a world class coach.
    In a way Klinsmann living in LA is him falling into our lap we would be dumb to not give him a shot.

  53. northzax says:

    right, professional clubs. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the US doesn’t exactly have hundreds of Professional clubs running youth teams. there are more professional clubs in London (population 20 million or so) than in the US (population 330 million or so) This all costs absurd amount of money, and only a few US clubs (the MLS ones) have anything close to that to spare. and even if they all did, it wouldn’t come close to covering the population and area of the US. There are thirty million people within 50 miles of New York, and only one team, the Red Bulls, covering that ground. is NYRB going to start having academies with hundreds of players in them for every age group? starting at roughly the U-10 level? who was going to find Clint Dempsey in Nagodoches, Texas, 130 miles from Houston? or Jay DeMerit in Green Bay, 200 miles from Chicago?

  54. r.benjamin says:

    I disagree. Seeing Holden at Bolton tells me a 4-2-3-1, with Edu Bradley then Holden book ended by Landon and Clint would have beenvery viable.

    But Bradley never eventried it. His conservative approach dictated the style more than anything.

  55. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    As long as Klinsi does NOT set up Buddhas at the practice facility, I am all for him to be The One to bring us to the next step, a WC semi-finalist.

  56. BetaMale says:

    same with being a robot

  57. Goalscorer24 says:

    That is where scouting has to come into play. Subotic (who now plays for Serbia) was noticed practicing at a park. So that is exactly it. These “organized” teams are currently not where we are going to find new talent. But you are right it is a tough job because the US landscape is huge. But Klinsmann seems to be convinced he has a plan. So why not let him try it? One thing I heard him talking about in regards to US soccer is that it needs to be one touch soccer.

  58. Goalscorer24 says:

    Hey if it takes us buddhas to get us to the semifinals, hell I’ll get one.

  59. Jermaine Jones says:

    Which is why Klinsman would be more valuable long term to the US in some sort of Technical Director of Football, with a wider scope than BB ever had.

    He’d be more valuable in moving towards solving the kind of problem you just described and pushing us in the right direction long term instead of just getting the team better for 2014. We should be thinking of sustaining the growth and looking at winning the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 whichever one we win the bid to host the thing.

    It’s important to remember the Germany Klinsi took over was not a second rate football power, even though they were in something of a rut at the time. He brought a new approach and a more positive attitude but most important of all he gave new players and new staff (Loew) a chance to strut their stuff. For example he brought in guys like Podolski (leading the Bundesliga in scoring at the time) and Schweinsteiger ( a regular at Bayern). If we have players like that waiting in the wings I’d like to know who they are. Klinsi can’t suddenly turn Benny into Xabi Alonso, Stuart Holden into Gerrard, JF Torres into Ineista, Edu into Michael Essien. He won’t have that quality of staff and player available to him here.

    I’d like to see Klinsman as more of a Technical Director with his own version of Loew ( BB or Kreis or whoever), handling the team directly and helping us develop our own stars.

  60. JS says:

    giving Klinsmann credit for the German youth development system is just wrong.. the program was started in 2001 after Germanys disastrous EC performance in 2000.. Klinsmann was the first coach able to profit from that but not really responsible for it at all

  61. ElHierro says:

    Aston Villa “among the EPL elite”!!! LOL!!!

  62. ElHierro says:

    Talking to Klinsmann has NOTHING to do with negotiating vs. Bob Bradley. Bradley makes $600,000.00 a year!! What the F*ck is there to negotiate except a MASSIVE Salary reduction??!
    The USSF (i.e. Sunil Gulati) wants to know where Bradley expects he team to be in 4 years and how to get there AND wants to know Klinsmann’s plan as well. No mistery here at all. Anything more is fantasy.

  63. SwerveZ says:

    +1

  64. SwerveZ says:

    Well, give him the World Cup squad, build his name, then after it’s over, hand him over to the youth development!

  65. SwerveZ says:

    +1

  66. adrian says:

    After watching the US vs. Brazil game and seeing the up and coming players they listed in Juan Agudelo; Conor Doyle, Omar Gonzalez, Jack McInerney; Adrian Ruelas, Omar Salgado and Brek Shea, I want to see them become solid all-round players not just good MLS players. Time for a change.

    The US style of play needs a revamping as well. Currently, we are not a 4-4-2 anymore, at least not in talent. We have better mid-fielders and less talent at forward/striker at this time. Our backline is questionable as well. Point is we haven’t played our best overall players (a lot of talent in midfield didn’t play in World Cup much) in the last few years and its time we start developing our players better.

    Sounds like Klinsmann makes the most sense. I don’t know if it was Klinsmann or the recent German coach that got Germany to where they are now but if Klinsmann had anything to do with it, I’d like to make that move.

  67. Eugene says:

    It’s time for our national team to get to the next level, bring on Klinsmann!

  68. tommy w says:

    This is horrible news. Keep him away. He’s going to have a hissy fit ala Ruud Gullit. Keep Bradley, SAF doesn’t give out praise so easily. I’m with Whiskey Nose, we need to renew with Bradley.

  69. ElHierro says:

    SAF praised Bradley because that’s EXACTLY what you and every Bradley supporter wanted to hear! You obviously don’t know SAF very well. If the USSF keeps Bradley, more of the same means England/Britain can expect to win vs. the U.S. when\if they meet next. SAF is a MASTER of one-upsmanship. Nothing more to it.

  70. jonk says:

    Haha! That’s a pretty hilarious story.

  71. Ballwerth Berrodino says:

    This is hilarious. All of you “Bob backers” were killing him when he was failing a few years back. Now you want him to stay over Klinnsman? Gimme a break.

  72. US says:

    It is not that Klinsmann always wanted to be able to call up anyone he wanted, they let him take the same internationals to the Gold Cup, but he wanted to bring the “A” team to the Copa America, understanding that the competition would be fiercer than our Gold Cup. Gulati and MLS didnt care and said no. Is it also no surprise we have not been invited back to the Copa, it was a real slap in the face for us to bring a “B”/”C” squad. When it comes to Bradenton, i think USSF would be better spreading that money to MLS teams to develop talent, but they would have to work with MLS to allow teams to bring up more academy grads without hurting against roster size or money.

  73. EA says:

    I still don’t understand exactly what Klinsmann has accomplished that leads everyone to think he’s some sort of coaching wizard.

    He’s coached one international team, a took a team that is almost always to the semifinals to… the semifinals. Wow. If someone aside from Coach K took Duke to the Final Four next season, would it be that impressive? What if Florida ends up in a BCS game without Urban Meyer? These are successful PROGRAMS. “Leading” Germany to the semis doesn’t really seem like a great accomplishment.

    He’s coached one club team, and got fired before he finished a season, after “leading” the most talented team in Germany to what? 5th place when he got canned? Well, that’s impressive.

    Sorry. I just don’t see it.

    I’m not saying he can’t do well, I just don’t see how everyone thinks it’s a guarantee for success.

  74. Sam says:

    Hopefully US Soccer does the right thing and hires Jurgen Klinsmann this time. If he wants more say/control in developing players in the Under 21 and Under 19 programs- then by all means give him that and let him lead the team for the 2012 Olympic qualifications. Brazil had similar strategy a few years ago and it is one way for the USMNT Coach/Manager to observe and develop players for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. US Soccer needs Klinsmann more than Klinsmann needs the US!

  75. Sam says:

    We can only hope so!

  76. bottlcaps says:

    If you look at the US results in the last few previous Youth World Cups and you see very little progression. Despite having teams loaded with perceived talent, the US crash and burns in the group stages or the quarters. I believe the root cause is systemic and need to be addressed that way.

    I believe it is time for a new approach. Remember, Klinsmann is no stranger to the US, having lived here close to 14 years. He is also tuned into Youth coaching having runs schools and camps here.

    If Klinsmann says he need more control over youth development, I think he should get a shot at it.

    I think the US will regress under another Bob Bradley term!

  77. Rescue Ranger says:

    I’m not againt BB…I think he did OK with the team, but I don’t think he should be kept around for another 4 yrs. I just don’t think any coach should do 2 cycles.
    I don’t know if JK is the right man for the job or not… but he would have a different perspective…about player & formations. I’m for giving him a chance.
    My personal prefferance would have been Gus H…..but since he’s already off the board…and I don’t see any other top flight candidates right now, it looks to be JK’s job.