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VIDEO: Jonathan Klinsmann saves penalty on pro debut

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BERLIN (AP) Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann, saved a late penalty on his Hertha Berlin debut to secure a 1-1 draw against visiting Ostersunds FK in the Europa League on Thursday.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper denied Ostersund captain Brwa Nouri from the penalty spot with three minutes remaining.

“It’s good for competition in the squad that Jonathan played so well. Under pressure, he made no mistakes,” Hertha coach Pal Dardai said.

Klinsmann produced a brilliant fingertip save to stop Sotirios Papagiannopoulos scoring in the first half, but was powerless to prevent the Greek defender from finding the net with the aid of a deflection after the interval.

Peter Pekarik replied almost straight away for Hertha, which was already certain to be eliminated after the group stage of Europe’s second-tier competition.

Ostersund finished second in Group J to become the first Swedish side since Helsingborg in 2007 to reach the knockout stages.

Klinsmann, who previously made six appearances for Hertha’s reserve side in the fourth-tier regional league, got his chance with the senior team as regular goalkeeper Rune Jarstein skips the side’s international games and his back-up Thomas Kraft was out with a cold.

“He did well,” Dardai said of Klinsmann. “He also gathered experience with the under-21 team, not always without mistakes, but he has stepped it up in training. The fitness coach has been working with him. But we don’t need to turn it into the Klinsmann show. We can talk a lot about him when the time comes.”

The 6-foot-4 Klinsmann, a goalkeeper with the United States Under-20 team, was handed his first professional contract after impressing Hertha during a trial in the offseason. He previously played for the University of California.

“I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. He’s a young player,” Dardai said.

Hertha keeper Jonathan Klinsmann out weeks with ankle injury

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BERLIN (AP) Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann has been ruled out for several weeks with ligament damage in his right ankle.

The Bundesliga side says the 20-year-old Klinsmann, who joined the club in the offseason after impressing in a trial, was injured in training a few days ago, and its extent was confirmed by a scan.

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Klinsmann, the son of former United States coach and Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann, is a goalkeeper with the U.S, Under-20s.

He was last playing for University of California before he joined Hertha.

Jonathan Klinsmann signs for Hertha Berlin

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Jonathan Klinsmann’s trial at Hertha Berlin turned out to be pretty successful…

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Klinsmann, 20, signed for the Bundesliga club on Tuesday with the German side announcing the deal following a trial period for the U.S. U-20 goalkeeper.

The UC Berkeley goalkeeper (who is due to go into his junior year with the Cal Bears) stood out for the U.S. during their run to the U-20 World Cup quarterfinals in South Korea earlier this summer and he will now begin his professional career in Germany’s top-flight.

Growing up in California, Klinsmann revealed how he found out he would be moving to Germany’s capital as Hertha’s coach Michael Preetz told him the news.

“After breakfast, Michael Preetz asked me for a talk and told me that the decision about a contract with Hertha BSC,” Klinsmann said. “It was an incredibly emotional moment for me because the club has a story in our family. I look forward to everyone in the club, the city of Berlin and the challenge in Germany.”

Klinsmann’s grandfather, Siegfried, is a Hertha fans and his father, Jurgen, is of course a hero in his homeland.

Jurgen has long been an advocate of young U.S. players heading to Europe as soon as possible to develop their skills and now his son has followed suit.

The length of the contract was not given for Klinsmann but Preetz stated that they decided to hand the American youngster a deal after “he convinced us with his abilities, charisma and ambition.”

I’m sure scoring a goal like this in a training session didn’t hurt either…

Jonathan Klinsmann making “good impression” in Hertha trial

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BERLIN (AP) Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai says Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former United States coach and Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann, is making a “good impression” during his trial with the Bundesliga club.

“He’ll come with us on our training camp and then a decision will be made” on whether the club offers a contract, Dardai says. “I’ll consult with my colleagues and of course the final decision is mine.”

Klinsmann, a goalkeeper with the United States Under-20s team, has played for University of California.

Despite being a goalkeeper, 20-year-old Klinsmann impressed with a volleyed goal in his first training session with Hertha (WATCH HERE).

VIDEO: Jonathan Klinsmann scores ridiculous goal on trial at Hertha

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Yes, that’s right, Jonathan Klinsmann (son of Jurgen) is a goalkeeper.

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Bear that in mind when you see the video clip below as the UC Berkeley and U.S. U-20 national team goalkeeper — currently on a trial with Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga — smashes in an unstoppable effort in a training game to stun everyone.

Somewhere Jurgen Klinsmann is nodding his head in approval, but also wondering why his 20-year-old son didn’t copy his famous goal celebration…

In Jonathan’s defense, it’s unlikely he’s scored many goals in the past.

Especially one like this.