New United States coach Juergen Klinsmann said he is proud to have the chance to usher in a new era in American soccer.Klinsmann was officially unveiled as coach in New York on Monday after being chosen to replace Bob Bradley, who was sacked on Thursday.
The 47-year-old has previously managed Germany and Bayern Munich, and said he looked forward to building on the good work done by Bradley in his five years in charge.
“It’s come a long way, soccer in the United States and I’m now getting this opportunity to move it further, to build on what has already been built by Bob (Bradley) the last five years,” the former Bayern Munich, Tottenham and Germany striker said. “So I am proud to get that opportunity.”
“This is a big moment for me personally too, for us as a family and I’m really proud that I get that opportunity to be part of the future of U.S. soccer.”
“It’s going to be a challenge, absolutely, it’s going to be quite demanding the next couple of weeks to get your hands around. We have a game coming up next week against Mexico already in Philadelphia, so it’s a lot to do.”
Bradley’s reign in charge of the national team came to an end after the US threw away a two-goal lead in their 4-2 loss to Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June.
Klinsmann’s first game in charge will be friendly against Mexico on August 11, with another friendly against Belgium to follow in September.