USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has admitted that he turned down the advances of several notable clubs across the globe before committing to the US national team job.
Klinsmann led the US team through an impressive World Cup campaign that was brought to an end at the hands of Belgium in the second round of the tournament.
That 1-0 defeat didn't overshadow what was an outstanding overall team and coaching performance during the tournament. And US fans can expect more of the same in Russia during the 2018 World Cup, but things could have been very different.
There have been reports in the press that suggest many notable clubs in Europe were interested in Klinsmann's services after the World Cup in Brazil. One team that had been touted as a possibility was Galatasaray, but talk of a possible move was muted when the Turkish club signed former Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.
"There have been several enquiries from European clubs but I told them straight away that they don’t have to follow up on them. That’s not an issue for me. I am under contract here until 2018, and I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks," Klinsmann told Germany's Bild.
Klinsmann failed to impress US fans during the early part of his coaching career with the national team. But during that period he always maintained that it would take time for the national team to build towards success.
That success has been earmarked for the 2018 World Cup in Russia by Klinsmann. And US fans saw plenty of promise during the World Cup this summer in Brazil that suggests this crop of players can shine in four years time.
A last-gasp win against Ghana in the opening round saw John Brooks become a momentary hero. Pressure then came off Klinsmann somewhat when his players almost defeated Portugal in the second round, before a brave defeat to Germany helped them through to the next stage.
Another brave defeat in the second round saw goalkeeper Tim Howard become a cult hero, but the US were knocked out with plenty to be proud of.
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