2013 was a great year for U.S. Soccer, as the U.S. Men’s National Team made huge strides and went to new heights. Front and center in everything was head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who is largely responsible for the progress that has been made. That progress is now set up to continue for the long run with Klinsmann signing an extension with U.S. Soccer that will ensure he remains the head coach of the team through 2018.
There has been quiet speculation growing over the past couple of months about Klinsmann’s future coaching the Americans, as many felt he could take off for a club or country in Europe following the 2014 World Cup. However, that speculation can now end with news of this extension, which is reassuring for U.S. Soccer fans and a great sign for the future of U.S. Soccer.
The timing of the extension is important. By coming six months before the World Cup, it recognizes that great advancements have been made by U.S. Soccer under Klinsmann regardless of the team’s results next summer in Brazil. This is especially important with the U.S. being drawn into the group of death, which will make it difficult for them to advance out of the group stage, even with a good performance.
The U.S. has had good coaches in the past, but no one that’s been able to make as much progress as Klinsmann in such a short period of time, and they don’t want to have to replace him after the World Cup, especially if they go out in the first round. Despite all the recent progress, U.S. Soccer still has a long way to go, and Klinsmann has shown over the past year that he’s the best choice to take them where they want to be, and there’s no telling where he’ll be able to take them with four more years and another World Cup cycle.
Klinsmann is one of the top coaches in the world and he’s worked wonders with the U.S. National Team. Locking him up for four more years is a great move for U.S. Soccer. After great trepidation from fans following the 2014 World Cup Draw, knowing Klinsmann will remain the coach through the 2018 World Cup in Russia is a reason to be hopeful about the future of U.S. Soccer.
Bryan Zarpentine is a New York Mets writer at RantSports.com. He also writes frequently about the NFL, College Football, College Basketball, and International Soccer. Like him on Facebook, follow him on twitter @BZarp and add him on Google.