Washington — Jurgen Klinsmann rejects Bob Bradley's claims
the former German star angled in 2010 to succeed him as U.S. coach.
Bradley was fired soon after a 4-2 loss to Mexico in the
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final and replaced by Klinsmann, a former German
national team star player and coach. Bradley made the claim Friday when he was
introduced as Swansea, the first American head coach in England's Premier
"No. I mean it's simply not true," Klinsmann said
Monday ahead of his team's exhibition against New Zealand. "I could have
taken the job in 2006. I could have taken it in 2010. And then we got together
in 2011 to finally figure out a way to make this happen. So I was not jockeying
Klinsmann's comments come three days after Bradley accused
him of "already jockeying for the job" while Klinsmann was an ESPN
analyst during the 2010 World Cup.
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"I wish Bob the very, very best," Klinsmann said
Monday. "I think it's a big, big moment having an American coach coaching
a Premier League club. I think it's huge. And he's an awesome guy. He's a good
person, and I just keep my fingers crossed for him."
The match against No. 88 New Zealand is the last before the
22nd-ranked U.S. opens the final round of North and Central American and
Caribbean qualifying against Mexico in November. It also comes a year and a day
after Klinsmann's U.S. team lost to Mexico 3-2 overtime in the playoff for a
berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
The U.S. let many regulars rejoin their clubs ahead of the
match. New Zealand lost to Mexico 2-1 Saturday.
Klinsmann wished the U.S. could have scheduled a
higher-ranked opponent, but Europe and South America had World Cup qualifiers
"Ghana wasn't allowed to come because they play one
game in Europe and they're not allowed to play a second game in another continent,"
he said. "We go the list up and down. Believe me, we're trying to get the
best opponents as possible."For
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