Six days after a nightmarish World Cup draw, the USSF responded in somewhat curious fashion by giving head coach Jurgen Klinsmann a four-year contract extension and adding the powerful title of technical director to his name.
Normally, international coaching contracts and increases of influence are entirely dependent on results in major tournaments. Klinsmann has done well to exhibit clear improvement in the team since taking over in 2011, getting results both in qualifying and high-profile friendlies as well as winning the Gold Cup last summer, but the World Cup was always going to be the biggest test of his philosophy and command. Then the draw happened — dumping the USA in a group with Germany, Ghana and Portugal and giving them more distance to travel than any other team in the tournament — and now expectations have been recalibrated.
With this improved deal, the message from the USSF to Klinsmann seems to be: We have no delusions of grandeur here so let's keep building for moreRead More »from The U.S. looks past the World Cup and gives Jurgen Klinsmann the chance to build an empire