Jurgen Klinsmann, who led Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup, was named coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team.
Klinsmann, 46, replaces Bob Bradley, who was fired yesterday after five years, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced on the team’s website. He will become the 35th coach in the history of the program.
“We are excited to have Jurgen as the head coach of our men’s national team,” Gulati said. “He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Jurgen has had success in many different areas of the game and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field.”
Klinsmann hasn’t coached since being fired by Germany’s Bayern Munich club in April 2009. His first match with the U.S. team will be against Mexico on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia.