The Ottumwa Courier

AP Sports

September 12, 2013

Test for Klinsmann will be at the World Cup

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann sat on a podium and smiled after guiding the United States into its seventh straight World Cup.

Not to minimize the accomplishment, but the former German star player and coach will be judged not on reaching soccer's elite tournament, but on how well the United States performs in Brazil next year.

"The team's success, especially in official competitions and difficult games in Europe has been very good," U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said Wednesday, "but I think everyone understands that the World Cup is a different level."

Beating Mexico by the now traditional "dos a cero" score at Columbus Crew Stadium on Tuesday night — the Americans have done it in four straight home qualifiers — clinched the World Cup berth with two games to spare.

Klinsmann helped Germany win the 1990 World Cup and the 1996 European Championship, then retired as a player two years later and moved to California with his American wife. He commuted from Orange County to Germany for a two-year stint as coach, leading his nation to the semifinals of the World Cup it hosted in 2006, then quit.

Gulati recruited him later that year to succeed Bruce Arena but couldn't reach an agreement on his authority. But after the U.S. played listlessly during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Gulati ended Klinsmann's five-year stretch as coach-in-waiting and hired him at a $2.5 million annual salary to replace Bob Bradley.

Results have been impressive: 25 wins, nine losses and six ties, including the Americans' first victory over four-time world champion Italy, their triumph at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium and their first Gold Cup title since 2007. He's already fifth on the U.S. career wins list, trailing only Arena (71), Bradley (43), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).

"The best thing he's done is created lots of competition, and so every time you step on the field you have to perform or you're not going to step on the field the next time," star attacker Landon Donovan said. "It's not in a pressure way, but it's in an accountability way."

Text Only
AP Sports
  • Ricketts: Cubs not interested in move to suburbs NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says his team remains committed to refurbishing century-old Wrigley Field. The Cubs won approval from Chicago's City Council last July for a $500 mill

    April 16, 2014

  • Cardinals Brewers Baseball-6 [Duplicate] Cards pitching shuts down Brewers again 6-1 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cardinals starters are feeling right at home on the mound at Miller Park. A night after Lance Lynn shutout the Brewers, fellow hard-throwing right-hander Shelby Miller followed Tuesday by striking out seven and allowing three hits ov

    April 16, 2014 5 Photos

  • NL Capsules CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays. First, the

    April 16, 2014

  • Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the fa

    April 16, 2014

  • Gay rights group sends petition to IOC LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. The group All Out re

    April 16, 2014

  • AL Capsules ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night. Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak

    April 16, 2014

  • $1.9M Special Olympics facility planned in SD SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Special Olympics South Dakota has launched a $1.9 million campaign to raise money for a training facility in Sioux Falls that would give athletes a place to practice without having to compete for gym time with other sports gr

    April 16, 2014

  • NL Capsules MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers' nine-game winning streak was snapped Monday night when Lance Lynn struck out 11 in seven innings and Jon Jay hit a three-run homer for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-0 victory. Lynn allowed three hits over seve

    April 15, 2014

  • Cardinals Brewers Baseball-6 [Duplicate] Brewers' 9-game win streak halted by Cards, Lynn MILWAUKEE (AP) — A familiar foil brought the Brewers' nine-game winning streak to an end. Cardinals righty Lance Lynn continued his mastery of Milwaukee after striking out 11 in seven innings and Jon Jay hit a three-run homer to give St. Louis a 4-0

    April 15, 2014 6 Photos

  • Phelps Comeback Swimming [Duplicate] Olympic great Michael Phelps to swim again Don't expect the same Michael Phelps in his return to swimming after a nearly two-year retirement. Even if Phelps' comeback is a success, it will be different this time around. No more swimming seven or eight events at the Olympics or world champions

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National