Here’s the word from U.S. Soccer.
I would have loved to have seen what Sigi Schmid could have done with the team, and I think his career achievements merit that ultimate honor. But when U.S. Soccer promised an announcement today, and Schmid was in Houston with the Sounders yesterday, well, that indicated that Bradley’s successor was already settled.
And speaking of Sigi, here’s what he had to say today, courtesy of the club:
On Jurgen Kilnsmann being named U.S. Men’s National Team head coach) “I think it’s good for U.S. Soccer. I know that Jurgen is a guy that they’ve been talking to off and on over the number of years right after Bruce Arena left and Jurgen left Germany. I knew it was a possibility then. Obviously in the interim time, they’ve been able to work out whatever issues or differences there were. Now we all have to support the new national team coach and see that our program continues to move forward.”
“I think what’s important about it is that they hired someone who’s been in America for a while. Jurgen has been living in America now for close to ten years. His son is involved in the US club structure in youth soccer so he knows what that’s all about. Part of his coaching license he did by working with the Galaxy for three months when I was there. He’s been around the Galaxy and the pro game in MLS and the national team. Even though he is a highly known international soccer person, he’s also a person who has been around the block in the US and he has an idea about what US Soccer is all about. I don’t think other guys would have that idea.”