Herzog takes reins of U.S. U-23s

Austrian Andreas Herzog, who has been Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant for the last three years, has been appointed coach of the U.S. men's U-23 national team, which aims to qualify fall for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"Andi brings a wealth of experience at the international level as a player and a coach," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati in a statement. "In his years with the national team he has developed a thorough understanding of our system, and we are confident that he is the right coach to accomplish our goal of reaching and succeeding in the Olympic Games."

The USA failed to qualify for the 2012 London Games under Coach Caleb Porter. The Olympic soccer is a U-23 competition, but teams are allowed three overage players at the finals.

Herzog, a teammate of Klinsmann at Bayern Munich in the mid-1990s, played 103 times for Austria and in two World Cups. He finished his playing career with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2004. Before joining U.S. Soccer, Herzog served as Austria's U-21 coach in 2009-11 and as an assistant coach for Austria's full national team.

“We look forward to putting together a team that will make all Americans proud,” Herzog said in a statement. “We also know it's a part of our responsibility to develop players who will be able to contribute to the senior national team, and that process has already begun."

U.S. U-23 Coaches
2014- Andreas Herzog
2011-12 Caleb Porter
2007-08 Peter Nowak*
2003-04 Glenn Myernick
1996-2002 Clive Charles*
1995-96 Bruce Arena*
1994-95 Timo Liekoski
1988-92 Lothar Osiander*
* Coached at Olympic Games.

3 comments about "Herzog takes reins of U.S. U-23s ".
  1. Edgar Soudek, January 26, 2015 at 2:41 p.m.

    When I read the title my first thought was, "Thank God, Klinsi is gone!"
    But the U-23 is a good start for Herzog, hopefully soon to replace that icon of arrogance, J.K.!

  2. brett wyatt, January 26, 2015 at 2:55 p.m.

    If by soon you mean after the 2018 world cup, then you may be on to something...

  3. Frank Cardone, January 27, 2015 at 12:17 p.m.

    My thanks to Edgar Soudek for referring to JK as that "icon of arrogance". I could not have said it better. A perfect label.

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