Posted on October 30, 2006
U.S. Soccer expects to announce its next head coach after the American holiday of Thanksgiving, said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati on Monday. Gulati also refuted reports that Germany’s World Cup coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been offered the U.S. position while also confirming the California resident is a finalist.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati fielded questions from reporters for an hour on Monday both about the ongoing search for a new coach for the Americans and about USA’s decision to accept an invitation to participate in the 2007 Copa America
Gulati made no qualms admitting he has spoken with former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann about the job.
“I’m not going to deny that I’ve talked to Jurgen Klinsmann. I’ve said before Jurgen brings a lot of very positive qualitites to the possibility of coaching the national team,” said Gulati, who also said there still are a few other candidates being considered.
“We have not made any decision about who will be coaching our national team,” Gulati insisted.
“We have not made any offers to anyone to coach the national team, and we have not made any offers along the lines of what has been mentioned in various publications.”
German paper Bild am Sonntag reported Klinsmann, who lives in California, has been offered a four-year deal and a contract in excess of $3 million per year.
Earlier this month, Gulati said the next U.S. coach would be named in November, but on Monday he hinted the announcement is likely to come after Thanksgiving and possibly could stretch beyond November.
“I wouldn’t lose any sleep if our decision slips into the first week of December,” he said. ” But it’s our intention still to name a new coach in November.”
Gulati said each of the coaching candidates signed off on the U.S. playing in the Copa America, which begins four days after the finals of the Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is CONCACAF’s regional championship.
“The tournament offers the dual advantage of quality opponents and a challenging environment that will provide long-term benefits for our team,” said Gulati of the Copa America. “In order to continue our progress at the international level, it is critical that we are able to expose our team to competition at the highest level.”