Juergen Klinsmann says he won't select his assistant coaches for some time, probably not until fall, and will use “guests” for his staff in friendlies before he does make the hires.
The new U.S. coach's guest assistants for Wednesday's game against Mexico in Philadelphia include former Chivas USA head coach Martin Vasquez and former U.S. national team captain Thomas Dooley, who lives in south Orange County.
Vasquez (Alhambra/Alhambra HS and Cal State L.A.), 47, who was in charge of the Goats last year, has a history with Klinsmann, working with him during his 2008-09 stint as head coach of German powerhouse Bayern Munich. The Mexican-born coach last month became director of soccer for Real Salt Lake AZ, the Major League Soccer club's academy in Casa Grande, Ariz., and at related institutions Grande Sports World and Grande Sports Academy.
Dooley, 50, has maintained a Laguna Niguel residence since he was brought into the U.S. national team's Mission Viejo residency before the 1994 World Cup. The German-born son of an American serviceman, who captained the U.S. at the 1998 World Cup, played with three Bundesliga clubs and finished his career in Major League Soccer. The National Soccer Hall of Famer was Todd Saldaña's assistant as Mission Viejo-based Pateadores last month won the U.S. Development Academy U-17/18 championship.
Klinsmann's other assistants are Tab Ramos, a Hall of Fame midfielder who played in three World Cups for the U.S. and is a respected youth coach in New Jersey, Philadelphia-based goalkeeper coach Mike Curry, and Mark Verstegen, owner and president of Athletes' Performance (which is a tenant at Home Depot Center) who worked with Klinsmann with the German national team before the 2006 World Cup.