German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday that Juergen Klinsmann
is close to signing a contract with U.S. Soccer through 2010 that the tabloid speculated would be worth $3.18 million
per year. The report claimed that Klinsmann would employ as assistant coach Columbus Crew coach Sigi Schmid
. Bild am Sontag also said Klinsmann, besides heading the U.S. national team, would be
responsible for the Olympic (U-23) team and the youth national teams, and that he would use five or six former U.S. internationals to coach the youth teams. Klinsmann's two-year tenure as Germany
coach culminated in a third-place finish at last summer's World Cup. It was his first coaching experience.
U.S. Soccer's response to the Bild am Sonntag report was that it has narrowed the
head-coach search down to four or five people.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati
will provide an update on the search in a Monday press conference that will also address the U.S.
national team's acceptance of an invitation to play in the 2007 Copa America, the South American championship that invites out-of-region teams and in which the USA participated twice, in 1993 and
1995, when it finished fourth under then interim coach Steve Sampson