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Unprecedented experience

Grahame L. Jones points out that none of the 34 coaches who preceded Juergen Klinsmann as U.S. national team coach had his credentials.

None of the 34 in their playing days won a World Cup, as Klinsmann did with Germany in 1990. None of them, in their playing days, captained their country to a European championship, as Klinsmann did with Germany in 1996.

Klinsmann is the right man for such a job. He was the right man five years ago, too, but no agreement could be reached. Hopefully, the obstacles that stood in the way then -- and perhaps last year when his name again was raised -- have been overcome.

To be effective, Klinsmann needs full control. He has the vision, but that means little without the authority.

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