CHICAGO (AFP) – Former German international Jurgen Klinsmann was on Friday named as the new coach of the United States national team to succeed the sacked Bob Bradley.

“I am proud and honoured to be named the head coach of the US Men’s National Football Team,” Klinsmann, who turns 47 on Saturday, told US Soccer.

“I am looking forward to bringing the team together for our upcoming match against Mexico (on August 10 in Philadelphia) and starting on the road towards qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.”

A World Cup winner and European champion as a player, Klinsmann already has experience of coaching at international level, having led his native Germany to third place at the 2006 World Cup on home soil.

However, he was sacked from his last coaching position at Bayern Munich five games before the end of the 2008/09 season.

Klinsmann will be formally unveiled at a press conference in New York on Monday.

“We are excited to have Jurgen as the head coach of our men’s national team,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati.

“He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Jurgen has had success in many different areas of the game and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field.”

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