U.S. Soccer, Juergen Klinsmann talking

Updated: August 28, 2010, 2:02 AM ET
By Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers | ESPN Insider

U.S. Soccer has met with former German team coach Juergen Klinsmann about the national team coaching job, currently held by Bob Bradley, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.

The source indicated Klinsmann, who turned down the Yanks' job after the 2006 World Cup, met with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and said Klinsmann is interested in the position, but gave no other details.

A U.S. Soccer spokesman declined to comment. Klinsmann did not immediately return an e-mail message.

On Thursday, Gulati met with Bradley in Los Angeles in what U.S. Soccer has described as the latest in an ongoing series of meetings about the coach's future. Bradley, who led the U.S. team to a victory in the World Cup Group C before bowing to Ghana 2-1 in the Round of 16, is under contract with U.S. Soccer through December.

The U.S. manager has a 38-21-8 record since taking over the squad in 2006. He guided the team to an upset of eventual World Cup champion Spain and a second-place finish in the Confederations Cup in 2009. He has been mentioned as a candidate for the Aston Villa manager's vacancy in the English Premier League and told the BBC that he would be interested in that job.

Klinsmann starred as a striker for Inter Milan, several other top European club teams and the German national team, playing in three World Cups, his first as a member of West Germany's victorious 1990 squad. As manager of the German team, he posted a 20-6-8 record and guided Die Mannschaft to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup, losing in extra time to eventual champion Italy in the semifinal. His only other managerial job was with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga in 2008-09, where he was let go after compiling a 22-8-9 record.

He also has experience in the U.S., working as a technical adviser to the L.A. Galaxy in 2004, and resides in Orange County, Calif.

Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers write for ESPN Insider.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.
Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

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