JURGEN WANTS TO STAY

Former Tottenham player Jurgen Klinsmann has said that he wants to remain as the national team coach of the United States after 2014 as well. The contract of the German comes to an end in the summer. He has been the manager for the last three years during which time he has received plenty of praise and criticism in equal measure. Klinsmann has said that he has so far been doing only the foundation work. Aspects like getting the youth to get connected and educating the coaches are being carried out right now.

He is of the opinion that the U.S. Soccer president is impressed by the work he has done so far. Hence, he has revealed his desire to stay beyond the current contract. US are struggling to qualify for the 2014 World Cup as outright winners of the group. After recent run of good form, they have only a one-point advantage over second placed Costa Rica. The upcoming World Cup qualifiers for the team in October are going to be extremely important since they will be facing Jamaica and Panama.

The recent 3-1 loss to Costa Rica allowed the second place team to close the gap, but the US bounced back straightaway after a 2-0 win over archrivals Mexico.

“A lot of the stuff we’ve done now is foundation work. It’s really just starting to connect the dots that you always talk about in the soccer landscape in the United States: Getting connected to the youth level, to coaches’ education, getting connected really well with MLS. So yeah, that is my interest to continue that work, I’d love to be measured on success. I like that. A lot of the stuff that we laid out and continue now to deepen is happening,” said the manager ahead of the match with Jamaica.

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