AP — U.S. Soccer wasn’t taking any chances of losing Jurgen Klinsmann to another country or club.
USSF President Sunil Gulati said Friday the federation broke with tradition by giving him a four-year extension before the World Cup.
In part, the federation feared other teams would pursue him after next year’s tournament in Brazil. There already was talk linking Klinsmann to Switzerland and England’s Tottenham Hotspur.
Gulati says the agreement shows a long-term commitment on both sides, and “market dynamics dictate some of that.”
The U.S. is 27-10-7 under Klinsmann and qualified for its seventh straight World Cup. It won this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. The Americans set team records this year for wins (16), winning percentage (.761) and winning streak (12).
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