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Klinsmann received $3.35M settlement from U.S. Soccer

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CHICAGO (AP) Jurgen Klinsmann received a $3.35 million settlement of his contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation, according to the USSF’s tax filing.

His replacement, Bruce Arena, was given a $300,000 settlement during the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2018, according to the filing, which was released Monday.

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Klinsmann was hired in 2011 and in December 2013 was given a contract extension through December 2018. He was fired in November 2016 after an 0-2 start in the final round of World Cup qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean. His contract was settled for $3,354,167, the tax filing said.

Arena earned $899,348 in base pay during the fiscal year and a $50,000 bonus, according to the filing, which was first reported by The Washington Post. He quit after the U.S. loss at Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017 that ended the Americans’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances.

Dave Sarachan, Arena’s top assistant, was the interim coach from October 2017 through last November. He had a base salary of $223,656 during the fiscal year.

Klinsmann’s top assistant, Andri Herzog, was given a settlement of $355,537 during the fiscal year. He is now Israel’s national team coach.

U.S. women’s coach Jill Ellis earned $291,029 in base pay during the fiscal year, which did not include a major tournament. He compensation was topped by under-20 men’s coach Tab Ramos, who had $295,558 in base pay plus a $30,000 bonus.

USSF CEO Dan Flynn, who has said he may be retiring, had $684,617 in base pay and $130,000 in bonuses. Chief operating officer Jay Berhalter, brother of new U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter, had $466,195 in base pay and $115,563 in bonuses.

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Herzog proud, confident US U-23s will qualify for Olympics ahead of 2nd leg

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The United States under-23 national team is 90 — or 120, perhaps — short minutes from qualifying for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

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With a slim advantage heading into the second leg (1-1 draw in the first leg, but the Americans’ away goal currently stands as the tiebreaker), U.S. U-23 head coach Andi Herzog is feeling not only proud of his side’s first-leg performance, but also confident of finishing the job against Colombia Tuesday night in Frisco, Tex. — quotes from USSoccer.com:

“I think it was a real good game for us, 1-1 is a good result. You could see Colombia and us had a real good fight for 90 minutes. I expect in Dallas for us to be even better than today, and we have a chance to qualify.”

“It was not easy for us. It was real hot here. We were expecting the tough conditions, and that’s why I have to give a huge compliment to my team. Everyone saw that Colombia had a lot of pressure, and at the end they only had one goal.”

“Colombia is a good team that can easily score away from home, too, but we will have a better game at home. I expect another real fight for 90 minutes. It’s still close. Finishing 1-1 with the away goal was huge for us. I saw my team with a great fighting spirit, but at home we have to do a better job in possession and we’ll have a chance to qualify.”

That the not-so-baby Yanks scored the first goal on Friday was a coup that can’t possibly be overstated; the team, as it was set out in a 4-3-1-2 — the entire roster, furthermore — wasn’t ever going to have much success playing from behind and chasing a goal. From Luis Gil’s 5th-minute goal onward, the strength of the side — the central midfield trio of Wil Trapp, Emerson Hyndman and Matt Polster — was allowed to show its quality and truly dictate the tempo of the game.

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That same trio will likely be called upon to protect the U-23s’ narrow lead in the second leg, though Hyndman will almost surely be given greater freedom further up the field to combine with and support the like of Gil, Jordan Morris and Mario Rodriguez or Jerome Kiesewetter. Once again, not conceding the first goal is objective no. 1 for the U.S. U-23s, who should they do so, will find themselves in a world of trouble.

Three things from the U.S. U-23’s 1-1 draw with Colombia in Olympic playoff 1st leg

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After an hour or so of allowing my heartbeat to return to a normal rhythm given the relentless Colombian attack and its threats to crush my Olympic dreams or at least the chance to watch the U.S. men play soccer in the Olympics, I’m ready to speak.

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Here’s three things we learned from the 1-1 draw in Barranquilla on Friday.

CENTER BACK(S?) ON POINT

Three years ago, Tim Parker (above) was playing in the NPSL. Two years ago, he was a St. John’s team that went 4-10-4. Last year, he was breaking into the lineup for the Vancouver Whitecaps, also on loan to their USL side.

Tonight, he was the best player on the United States men’s U-23 national team, keeping the flame burning for a nation’s men’s Olympic hopes.

Parker combined with Matt Miazga (Chelsea) to form a solid backbone for Andi Herzog’s unit, and he was a step above his center back mate. Given the relentless pressure provided by the Colombians, it’s a minor miracle they didn’t find a second goal. But they didn’t… and Parker was the main reason why.

ADJUST MUCH?

Herzog’s plan for the first half-hour, keeping a very narrow midfield in a bit of a 4-3-1-2, frustrated and flustered Colombia. It arguably kept them off-balance enough to allow Mario Rodriguez to set up Luis Gil for the opening goal.

The second half, though, had the U.S. looking disjointed whenever they found possession. Granted Herzog was forced into an early sub when goalkeeper Ethan Horvath was hurt, but his two remaining subs were used to take out Gil and Rodriguez.

United States' coach Andi Herzog instructs players during a U-23 first leg soccer match qualifier for the 2016 Rio Olympics against Colombia at the Roberto Melendez Stadium in Barranquilla, Colombia, Friday, March 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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Kellyn Acosta and Jordan Morris were gasping for air, and Acosta was toasted on the right flank time and again. Some are writing that off as Acosta playing out of position — he’s a DCM for FC Dallas — but regardless he needed to be moved. He could’ve slid into center for Gil if the midfielder needed to come off that bad, but it was clear it wasn’t his night against a dangerous wide attack.

We saw this in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, too. Herzog show some terrific game-planning and seems to be a heck of a coach, but his adjustments have been disappointing.

AIR JORDAN

As in gasping for air. Jordan Morris might be the great hope of the United States, but we’ve seen he’s far from a finished product. His outside of the right foot bender off the crossbar was gorgeous to watch, but that’s a left-footed shot he passed up to take it. And we’re not talking about a “He thinks two steps ahead of the goalkeeper” right-footer, but a “He went out of his way to use his right” right-footer. Disappointing.

Then again, Morris was gassed and playing in terrible heat (the pregame index was a “real feel” of 102). He’s also on the heels of his busiest and most unrelenting game sequence of his career (full college season, trial with Werder Bremen, Sounders preseason, starting role for Seattle). He can be forgiven, but we’d love to see him breakthrough for club and country ASAP, thanks.

United States' team pose for a group photo prior to the U-23 first leg soccer match qualifier for the 2016 Rio Olympics against Colombia at the Roberto Melendez Stadium in Barranquilla, Colombia, Friday, March 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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US U-23 in Colombia for first-leg of 2016 Olympics playoff series

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The U.S. U-23 national team is in Colombia as they embark on the first of two final steps towards competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio this summer.

Andi Herzog’s side finished third in CONCACAF qualifying for the Olympics last October, meaning they have to face Colombia’s U-23 side in a home and away playoff series to decide who takes the final spot in the men’s tournament in Brazil.

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The Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez in Barranquilla, Colombia is the setting for the first leg on Friday at 5 p.m. ET, with Herzog having plenty of players with full U.S. national team experience to call on.

Included in that group are Jordan Morris, Matt Miazga and Julian Green, as the U.S. will look to keep it tight on the road in Colombia in leg one and then get the job done in Dallas, Texas next Tuesday.

There were some rumblings about DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks being brought into this squad, but both have remained with Jurgen Klinsmann’s full national team for their upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.

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Klinsmann and Herzog have stated many times that the aim for the U.S. U-23 side has always been to qualify for the Olympics, especially after the side led by Caleb Porter failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Giving youngsters tournament experience is key for Klinsmann’s masterplan and failure to make the Olympics will certainly go down as a huge missed opportunity.

Stay logged onto ProSoccerTalk this evening for a recap and reaction from the USA’s clash in Colombia. 

Green, Brooks headline US U-23 roster to face Brazil

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United States under-23 national team head coach Andi Herzog unveiled on Monday a 19-man roster for a pair of friendlies this week against the Brazilian U-23 national team, which are to serve as the Americans’ last tune-up ahead of a 2016 Olympic qualifying home-and-away showdown with Colombia.

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Headlining the roster are John Brooks and Julian Green, both of whom were once a significant piece of Jurgen Klinsmann’s senior team puzzle for both the present and future, but have since seen their stock drop considerably. Brooks has seen just 192 minutes of first-team action this season for Hertha Berlin after a nightmarish summer at the 2015 Gold Cup, while Green has been made to train and play with the Bayern Munich II fourth-division side following a disappointing loan spell at Hamburg last season.

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Elsewhere on the roster, you’ll find a lot of the same names — Gedion Zelalem, Jerome Kiesewetter, Matt Polster, Fatai Alashe and Cameron Carter-Vickers, to name a few —  from last month’s Olympic qualifying tournament, while the story of 22-year-old Dave Romney, who made his way into the professional ranks on the back of a successful spell with LA Galaxy II, the club’s USL outfit, before being signed to the MLS roster, is perhaps a sign of things to come for the USMNT.

Herzog’s side will face the Brazilians on Wednesday in Recife and Sunday in Belem.

FULL U.S. U-23 ROSTER

Goalkeepers (3): Cody Cropper (MK Dons), Charlie Horton (Leeds United), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City)

Defenders (7): John Brooks (Hertha BSC), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Shane O’Neill (Royal Mouscron), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake), Dave Romney (LA Galaxy), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)

Midfielders (6): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers)

Forwards (3): Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC), Maki Tall (FC Sion)