Throughout his 5 years on the helm of the U.S. nationwide workforce, Jurgen Klinsmann constantly implored his gamers to problem themselves on the cutthroat proving grounds of Europe relatively than be huge fish within the small pond that’s MLS.
However Jonathan Klinsmann, the German World Cup winner’s 23-year-old son, has chosen to chuck the Previous World to proceed his profession in the US’ prime league, with the LA Galaxy asserting Thursday that it had signed the previous Hertha Berlin reserve from Swiss outfit St. Gallen:
“I feel there’s at all times a dream of having the ability to play at dwelling,” mentioned Jonathan Klinsmann, who was born in Munich however raised in his mom’s native Southern California. “It’s been fairly surreal for me having the ability to signal for the workforce that I’ve been supporting since I used to be younger
He turned professional with Hertha, which his father briefly coached this previous season, in 2017 after enjoying two seasons on the College of California, Berkeley and serving to lead the U.S. to the quarterfinals of that yr’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
He made only one first workforce look for Hertha — a Europa League match in opposition to Swedish aspect Ostersund through which he saved a penalty — earlier than leaving for Switzerland final yr. The Galaxy acquired Klinsmann, who by no means made a league look for St. Gallen, on a free switch.
It stays to be seen how the youthful Klinsmann might be obtained by Galaxy followers. As a 17-year-old U.S. youth nationwide teamer, he mocked membership icon and all-time scoring chief Landon Donovan on social media after his father left Donovan off the U.S. squad for the 2014 World Cup. Jonathan Klinsmann seems to be third on the Galaxy’s depth chart at keeper, behind starter David Bingham and one other 23-year-old in Justin Vom Steeg.
As USMNT coach from 2011-16, Jurgen Klinsmann criticized two of the workforce’s most vital gamers, midfielder Michael Bradley and attacker Clint Dempsey, for leaving Roma and Tottenham, respectively, to return to MLS earlier than the 2014 World Cup.
“I made it clear with Clint’s transfer again and Michael’s transfer again that it’s going to be very troublesome to maintain the identical degree that they skilled on the locations the place they have been,” he mentioned a number of months after the match, through which the Individuals superior to the knockout stage. “It’s simply actuality. It’s simply being sincere.”
Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as U.S. coach after the workforce misplaced its first two video games of the ultimate spherical of World Cup qualifying for Russia 2018. The Individuals by no means dug themselves out of that gap, breaking a streak of seven consecutive World Cup appearances courting to 1990.
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