It’s not the U.S. national team job, and it’s not actually in the United States, but former German superstar Jürgen Klinsmann has landed a high-level position in U.S. soccer. Yesterday, Klinsmann and his company, SoccerSolutions, were hired as advisors to Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC.
The Toronto club, which joined MLS in 2007 and has yet to make the playoffs, fired its head coach, Preki, and its GM, Mo Johnston, late this season, and is in the midst of major restructuring. Klinsmann will advise on everything from “players to people to processes,” according to the release on the Toronto FC website, as the franchise seeks new leadership.
Klinsmann has twice been a candidate for the U.S. national team position—after the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He coached the German national team from 2004 to ’06, leading Die Mannschaft to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup, then took the reins at Bayern Munich from 2008 to ’09.
Despite those stints in Europe, Klinsmann has lived in Southern California for much of the past decade, and has been a technical advisor to the adidas Elite Soccer Program, a premier development program, and the Los Angeles Galaxy.