Klinsmann: “Coaching USMNT will be an honor for any foreign manager”
With Gregg Berhalter occupied in an investigation into 30-year-old domestic assault allegations as well as a feud with the Reyna family, U. S. Soccer is currently sorting out its coaching situation with Zidane reportedly turning down their approach.
Anthony Hudson is leading the team into January Camp on an interim basis with
temporarily stepping down from his post following the allegations. However,USMNT
's offer toZinedine Zidane
shows that they are interested in pursuing big-name foreign coaches.
"It's a very complex topic,"
former USMNT bossJurgen Klinsmann
, "and I can only speak from my experience and from my point of looking at things. I've been super honored to coach the U.S. team for five and a half, almost six, years. I learned a lot by doing that because I obviously had more of the European perspective and then got better and better at understanding how things work and in CONCACAF, in Central and North America, and qualifying games in countries like Guatemala and Costa Rica and so on.
"Making all these trips, the rivalry obviously with Mexico, which is fantastic, and the complexity of the work because it's about building the bridge between Europe and the United States and even also players that are brought in from Liga MX with a dual citizenship situation, that is always a natural situation for the United States because it's a country of them of immigrants. I love that. I have to say I learned a lot from it. I benefited a lot from it."
"It's exciting for a coach looking at the bigger picture. As I said, you need to be very well-connected in Europe. You need to be well-connected obviously in the United States as well. You have to have an eye on all of the dual-citizenship players that you may find. And you have to have an eye on the development of players in the United States."
Klinsmann believes that U.S. Soccer, in general, should be aiming high for the 2026 cycle. He added:
"The goals need to be set higher for U.S. Soccer. It needs to be set in a way to make it one day into the semi-finals of a World Cup and now comes the situation that you deal with towards 2026, which is fantastic and it's fantastic to host that tournament and three-and-a-half years from now."
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