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Klinsmann brings in diverse group of assistants
by Paul Kennedy, August 4th, 2011 11:33PM

TAGS:  men's national team


[USA-MEXICO] You really couldn't ask for a more diverse group of assistants for Juergen Klinsmann for his first game in charge of the U.S. national team -- two U.S. National Hall of Famers, two men who worked with him in Germany and a goalie coach better known for his work in corporate America -- and he plans on working with others before settling on his future staff. Here are the five coaches who will work with him for the USA-Mexico game:

MARTIN VASQUEZ. Reunited with Klinsmann after serving as an assistant coach at Bayern Munich. Recently named the head coach and director of soccer operations of the RSL AZ Academy.

THOMAS DOOLEY. Played against Klinsmann in his native Germany and at the 1998 World Cup in France, where he represented the USA for the second time. Was part of the coaching staff for Pateadores that just captured the 2011 Development Academy U-17/18 championship.

TAB RAMOS. Played for the USA in three World Cups but didn't play in the 1998 World Cup game where the USA faced Klinsmann's Germany. Like Dooley, a member of National Soccer Hall of Fame. Founded NJSA 04, a club which is a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, and recently named interim under-20 national team coach.

MIKE CURRY. A principal for the Vanguard Group, his work in finance and diversity causes earned him recognition as one of the 100 most influential blacks in corporate America last year. He played soccer at the University of Baltimore and is a goalkeeper coach with more than 37 years of experience.

MARK VERSTEGEN. Owner and president of Athletes' Performance, which provides athletes with cutting-edge training based on the latest sports science. Handled the fitness preparations for Klinsmann's German national team prior to the 2006 World Cup.

  1. Ernest Irelan
    commented on: August 5, 2011 at 9:25 a.m.
    I am really looking to seeing how this diverse group works certainly shows the new coach is picking his crew carefully an with knowledge, sounds like to me...the international experience is what I really think is needed for our USA team players who have not experienced it especially, thus, can be better, if we can just get our officiating here in USA up to par, we will be making real progress.....

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 5, 2011 at 10:26 a.m.
    And the Hispanic Influence commences. Not long before more than 1/2 of Usmnt is Hispanic. Just like I predicted before. And once this team does better because of it I expect a lot of apologies in this blog. 6-7 is he count right now without counting Bedoya who's is a sure pick in important games. Watch for Corona and Gomez to be called on soon. We should be up to 10+ by next year. Viva Mexico!! I mean Viva USA!!!!

  1. David Huff
    commented on: August 5, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.
    @Luis, you were right the first time with "Viva Mexico!!!", do you really think MLS Bob would have been fired and then replaced with Klinsmann if the US somehow managed to win the Gold Cup in Pasadena against Mexico? It would not have happened. We would have been stuck with Bradley all the way to 2014. By losing that match, the USA actually "won" a long-term victory for the future of its USMNT programs. A huge 'Muchas Gracias' is in order for the FMF, they have helped us immensely. I look forward to the day when the USMNT storms into Estadio Azteca and gives Mexico a well-earned thumping.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: August 5, 2011 at 12:53 p.m.
    First to Paul Kennedy, author of this piece, re: Mike Curry, I'd used the term "African-American " as opposed to the term you used, but then again I wouldn't have used iether term as you didn't mention Vazquez's and Ramos's ancestry. TO LUIS, I am 100% in agreement, though in danger of sounding somewhat "biased" (gee, I wonder where this would come from?) in favor of Latino/Hispanic players, let's just say VIVA NORTE AMERICA (which includes Canada, US and Mexico.) And maybe, just maybe we ought not to keep an actual-written-down count, but keep a mental note. Indeed, a new era, and to DAVID H: MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS por tu apoyo, and to the FMF for actually forcing US Soccer to wake up and take notice of the players that have been passed up by previous ignorant and biased coaches.

  1. David Huff
    commented on: August 5, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.
    @Ric, Viva los Usonians y los Norte Americanos de E.U!! Perhaps the "sleeping Giant" of futbol mundial now has a chance to awake?

  1. John Hofmann
    commented on: August 5, 2011 at 3:31 p.m.
    It seems to me that people often tend to make critical comments because they tend to shoot from the hip rather than stepping back and thinking for a moment. Mr. Fonseca, it doesn't seem necessary to take someone to task for not spelling out information on the ancestry of Martin Vasquez or Tab Ramos...hopefully pretty obvious... versus bringing out info that Mike Curry is African-American (A-A). For some who may not be up-to-date on all aspects of top-flight futbol, it would seem an interesting detail that Hamid will be getting his first cap while working most closely with an apparent top-notch A-A goalie coach, just a little tweak that suggests a high-level attention to detail. My assumption is that there could have been others that might have been called in as the goalie coach at this point, and weren't... Anyway, that would be at least one possible, and seemingly logical, explanation why Paul Kennedy provided the information in the way he did.

  1. Raveen Rama
    commented on: August 5, 2011 at 3:40 p.m.
    Luis A, I think I understand where you are coming from when mentioning Hispanic players. I too, love the Hispanic players and their skills (Latinos also should be mentioned here), and was very disappointed when Torres, Gomez, and Castillo were not called up recently by the previous coaching staff. But I hope to see that the coaches will select the very best players to represent the US, regardless of their ethnicity. I am also anxiously awaiting the inclusion in the team of youngster Luis Gil.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 5, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
    John, journalist like to highlight certain things they feel should be talked about more. The better question is how can you not highlight the fact that Klins hired 2 Latino assistants and more Latino players? That should be something in an article on its own at this point. Won't be long though. Raveen, I just think Latinos have long been overlooked as a soccer force in this country but am not taking away from others here. Talent and skill should always prevail in any sport, in any country and regardless of race.

  1. Reuben Valles
    commented on: August 6, 2011 at 1:15 a.m.
    Guys, I try and keep a even mind when it comes to coaching changes. This is not going to be easy. I will put it like this......Mexico, which is the country of my grandfather, has been a fanatical futbol nation since "forever". Also, they have been latin and played the latin possession style since "forever"! The Mexican Team has carried a roster of 100% latin players since "forever". Mexico's World Cup performances/history is slightly better than the USA's (and that is debatable). I am a huge US Nats fan, Mexico is my second team (I stood in the Rosebowl in June and at Azteca Aug 12, 2009 both games wearing US jerseys with the US flag draped around my back). I really dont believe that loading the roster with hispanic players makes us better. We will win the world cup when we get bigger stronger athletes on the field with more technical abilities. NFL defensive back/receiver type athletes, but with world class technical abilities. Give or take, these are the types of soccer players that Brazil and its national team is chaulk full of and why their are so many Brazilians playing all over the world. Also, for example, I really like Torres of Pachuca. However, he is not a good enough athlete to keep up and mark any of Mexico's great young attacking stars like Chicharito, Guardado, Barrerra, or Dos Santos. It has nothing to do with being latin. Its about being a good athlete. Another example, Donovan has absolutely scorched El Tri over the years. He did it again in June. His success is not related to him being hispanic, white, American, or that he's been on Mexican television commercials for Gana Gol. Its because he is/was fast as sh*t and highly skilled and for the most part Mexico has not possessed the athletes to keep up with him or stop him. I hope my thoughts made sense.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 7, 2011 at 2:44 a.m.
    You're thoughts make sense but go against you're argument. Donovan is 1/2 Hispanic first of all. Brazilians are extremely athletic but are always favorites because they are always the most technical. Spain just won and do not have in majority the players you speak of. Barcelona is another example and made the more athletic Manchester and Real Madrid look very bad. F course that if you have the top technical players also be top athletes you're chances will be the best but my point is that technical players will always have the better chances over physical players. This is proven time and time again. The best players in the world are always the more technical 90% of the time. Donovan is the most technical on USA, therefore the best player as well. I don't understand how it is debatable that Mexico is a clearly better team than USA. Mexico has won the U17 World Cup twice already, they won Gold Cup fairly easily and have won it many times before, they have won la Copa America and are always contenders and are in the 2nd round in the U20 world cup as we speak. USA? How many times have they won Gold Cup? U17? They lost to Guatemala U20 to qualify. I was born here as well but am a proud Mexican. I will root for USA when they start playing soccer. This hasn't happened because they have limited skill. Latinos are the clear answer to this problem as se are simply more passionate about it like black people with basketball. Like them we are just better at it because we are more creative. It is what it is. Eat some frijoles y comete un chile carnal.

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