By Mike Woitalla
the president of the German soccer federation (DFB), says he believes
Juergen Klinsmann will remain coach of the German national team.
Klinsmann says he'll decide after discussions with his family,
following the World Cup.
U.S. Soccer President Sunil
Gulati won't say who the candidates for the U.S. job are
if Bruce Arena
doesn't remain at the helm. But Klinsmann is an obvious choice,
especially because he has no intention of relocating from his Southern
California home to Germany.
"It's certainly an extraordinary situation for a German national team
coach to be a California resident," Zwanziger told Kicker Magazine.
"But that is not the determining factor. It will not be the
But if Klinsmann remains Germany coach, his itinerary will be far more
arduous than during the two years before the 2006 World Cup.
Germany will play 14 games in Europe from August 2006 through November
2007, including 12 European Championship qualifying games. That's a lot
of time away from the family.
Klinsmann still has a game to coach at this World Cup, Germany facing
Portugal on Saturday for third place.
Gulati says he will talk with Arena next week, and the federation isn't
rushing into a decision regarding its next step. A report in Britain's Daily Telegraph
that U.S. Soccer made Klinsmann an offer is false.
"We won't be doing anything until after the tournament's over," Gulati
said. "We're using the rest of the tournament and a short time after
that for some reflection. We're sticking to that timetable. We're going
to analyze the situation and go from there."
Moves to improve the U.S. game, Gulati said, extend beyond the U.S.
head coaching job.
"Back in March we announced we would have a complete review of all our
technical areas," Gulati said. "It's a process that [D.C. United
president] Kevin Payne
is heading up. We named a technical committee and we'll have
subcommittees on the men's and women's side."
The technical committee is comprised of Payne, the men's national team
coach (Arena for now), women's national team coach Greg Ryan, former
men's national team star Tab
Ramos and former women's national team star and current
Naval Academy coach Carin
"That process is ongoing and will come into full focus now," Gulati
said, "not because of the results here in Germany but because of the
time available. We'll look at everything we do, from player development
to coaching education, the Bradenton residency camp, grass-roots stuff,
what we're doing at all levels of the game.
"We'll look at how we might do it better, whether we should change some
things, and so on."
Gulati also that Major League Soccer's technical committee will be
assessing ways in it can "improve and intensify the process they've got
"They'll be joint stuff," Gulati says. "We're meeting in Berlin with
the Commissioner [Don
Garber] and others to continue those discussions."
Gulati also said the federation is reconsidering playing in the Copa
America, the South American championship that invites out-of-region
The USA participated in 1993 and 1995, when it made a historic
fourth-place finish, but conflicts with the MLS season has made the
The Copa America would provide a good dose of high-level, high-pressure
competition for the team while giving it a chance to improve its
reputation in the wake of the 2006 World Cup failure.
"We will look at it," Gulati said. "There are a number of challenges,
not the least of which is next year the Copa America starts three days
after the Gold Cup ends, which is our confederation's championship.
It's not just a challenge for MLS players, but our European-based
players will need a break after the Gold Cup.
"We'll talk about it internally and maybe have a meeting with CONMEBOL
[the South American confederation]."