Friday, August 5, 2011

Diverse group of assistants chosen by Klinsmann

Paul Kennedy of Soccer America writes of the diverse group of assistant coaches that new US head coach Juergen Klinsmann has selected to work with him for his first camp.

You really couldn't ask for a more diverse group of assistants for Juergen Klinsmann for his first game in charge of the U.S. national team -- two U.S. National Hall of Famers, two men who worked with him in Germany and a goalie coach better known for his work in corporate America -- and he plans on working with others before settling on his future staff. Here are the five coaches who will work with him for the USA-Mexico game:

MARTIN VASQUEZ. Reunited with Klinsmann after serving as an assistant coach at Bayern Munich. Recently named the head coach and director of soccer operations of the RSL AZ Academy.

THOMAS DOOLEY. Played against Klinsmann in his native Germany and at the 1998 World Cup in France, where he represented the USA for the second time. Was part of the coaching staff for Pateadores that just captured the 2011 Development Academy U-17/18 championship.

TAB RAMOS. Played for the USA in three World Cups but didn't play in the 1998 World Cup game where the USA faced Klinsmann's Germany. Like Dooley, a member of National Soccer Hall of Fame. Founded NJSA 04, a club which is a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, and recently named interim under-20 national team coach.

MIKE CURRY. A principal for the Vanguard Group, his work in finance and diversity causes earned him recognition as one of the 100 most influential blacks in corporate America last year. He played soccer at the University of Baltimore and is a goalkeeper coach with more than 37 years of experience.

MARK VERSTEGEN. Owner and president of Athletes' Performance, which provides athletes with cutting-edge training based on the latest sports science. Handled the fitness preparations for Klinsmann's German national team prior to the 2006 World Cup.

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