The AP reported on the talks between Juergen Klinsmann and US soccer back in 2006, and outlines why Klinsmann did not take the position as head coach of the US team.
The former German national team coach, who will be an ESPN analyst for this year's tournaments, visited the network's campus for the first time Tuesday and spoke in some detail about his decision to end talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation in December 2006.
Klinsmann and USSF president Sunil Gulati discussed player availability for the 2007 Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup.
"There were different opinions, you know, what players could get the permissions in MLS, what role it plays,'' he said. "And I thought here, it's not going the right directions in that specific moment. ... So I said, 'You know, it's OK, move on.'''
Gulati then hired Bob Bradley, who is preparing to coach the U.S. in the World Cup next month.
Klinsmann, who moved back to California with his family in December, wouldn't say whether he would be interested in coaching the U.S. one day.
"I don't know what happens, you know, over the next couple weeks, you know, or even in a year from now,'' he said. "But I think it's not correct if you discuss something that involves somebody that is actually in charge. And I hope he will stay in charge for a long, long time.''