According to a source, the United States Soccer Federation have made the former Germany manager their No.1 target following the dismissal of Bob Bradley on ThursdayFormer Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann is the leading contender to be the next USA manager, a source has confirmed to Goal.com.
The USA national team are set to announce their new coach on Friday, a day after Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties after five years in charge.
Klinsmann coached the German national team to a third-placed finish at the 2006 World Cup. Under the former Tottenham striker, they shifted from an efficient, steel-hardened defensive outfit to a free-flowing counterattacking team.
U.S. Youth Soccer technical director Claudio Reyna told Goal.com earlier this month that the national team needed one style to become successful, and mentioned Germany as a perfect example.
“This is what the Spanish, Dutch, and now Germans do," Reyna said. "You first have to build a vision or else you are driving with no lights on. You have to have that, it’s a must.”
Despite failing to find an agreement to take the USA job prior to the past two World Cups, Klinsmann remains the favourite for the position.
After leaving the German national team, Klinsmann was linked to a coaching position with the LA Galaxy. He currently lives in California and has a good relationship with USA star Landon Donovan.
The announcement of Bradley's sacking has shocked players of the team and their agents alike.
"I have no clue why," said a prominent agent, who represents several American players.
Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey had not heard the news until he was contacted by Goal.com on Thursday afternoon, and admitted he was "surprised" by the manager's departure.
"I'm sad to see him go," he said exclusively to Goal.com. "But I wish him the best in the future. He's a good coach and I know he'll do well."
If the move for Klinsmann does not materialise, it is expected that U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati will still lean towards appointing a foreign coach.
Marcello Lippi, Guus Hiddink, Roberto Donadoni, Jason Kreis , Sigi Schmid and Luis Felipe Scolari have also been linked with the vacant position.