Jurgen Klinsmann

Report: Jurgen Klinsmann linked with Switzerland job after World Cup 2014


So, it’s basically common knowledge that Jurgen Klinsmann’s contract with U.S. soccer runs out after next year’s World Cup… but then what?

With the USA impressing and having soared up the FIFA World rankings during the German’s time in charge, he’s a wanted man.

Reports out of Switzerland this week suggest Klinsi is being lined up to take over from current Swiss national team boss Ottmar Hitzfeld, who will be retiring from his illustrious coaching career after the World Cup, after Switzerland qualified comfortably and are expected to be among the top seeds for next summer’s tournament in Brazil.

Can we believe these rumors?

For me, they’re not that far-fetched. Klinsmann’s three-year tenure with the U.S. national team will ultimately come down to his sides performance at the World Cup next summer. If he succeeds and the USA make it to the quarterfinals or better, then expect a new contract to come his way. But whether or not he accepts it, we will have to wait and see.

However, even though the whole “Switzerland interested in Klinsmann” rumors have been circulating rapidly, let’s not forget that Klinsmann is settled in California, is extremely happy living in the USA and in my opinion unless things go disastrously at the World Cup, he should lead the USMNT for an extremely long time.

These reports, rumors, whispers are testament to the job Klinsmann and his staff have done to turn around the fortunes of the USA and help put them in the best possible position ahead of World Cup 2014. The fact that one of Europe’s best organized countries and a nation that’s currently punching well above it’s weight in international soccer is interested in Klinsmann, is credit to him and the USA. The Swiss FA want to keep their incredible upward spiral continuing, and appreciate the impressive rebuild the former German World Cup winner has performed with the Yanks.

The job Klinsmann has done, despite the doubters to start with, has been lauded across the globe. That’s why the Swiss want him to carry on Hitzfeld’s good work.

After next summer, will it be a case of stick or twist or USA vs. Switzerland for Klinsmann?

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)