Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sigi Schmid on the Klinsmann hire

Joshua Mayers is the Seattle Sounders FC writer for The Seattle Times, and wrote on his blog about Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid's thoughts on USSF's hiring of Jurgen Klinsmann (as provided by Sounders FC media relations). Klinsmann and Schmid have a longstanding relationship.

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(On Juergen Kilnsmann being named U.S. Men's National Team head coach...) "I think it's good for US Soccer. I know that Juergen is a guy that they've been talking to off and on over the number of years right after Bruce Arena left and Juergen left Germany. I knew it was a possibility then. Obviously in the interim time, they've been able to work out whatever issues or differences there were. Now we all have to support the new national team coach and see that our program continues to move forward."

(On Juergen Klinsmann, continued...) "I think what's important about it is that they hired someone who's been in America for a while. Juergen has been living in America now for close to ten years. His son is involved in the US club structure in youth soccer so he knows what that's all about. Part of his coaching license he did by working with the Galaxy for three months when I was there. He's been around the Galaxy and the pro game in MLS and the national team. Even though he is a highly known international soccer person, he's also a person who has been around the block in the US and he has an idea about what US Soccer is all about. I don't think other guys would have that idea."

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