Jurgen Klopp turned down chance to become USMNT head coach, report says

Jurgen Klopp has turned down an offer from US Soccer to become coach of the men’s national team, according to David Ornstein of The Athletics reported on Thursday.

The federation has had “initial contact” with Klopp over the possibility of replacing Gregg Berhalter as head coach, according to Miguel Delaney of The independentBut The Athletics The latest report has dashed national hopes of luring Germans to the United States.

In response to US Soccer’s approach, Klopp reiterated that he wants a break from football, but the federation is still said to be interested in pursuing the 57-year-old.

Klopp formally resigned from Liverpool in May, at the end of the 2023-24 Premier League season, citing “no energy left”. The German noted in his farewell video for the club that he plans to take a break from coaching for at least a year.

With Klopp seemingly out of the picture for the time being, US Soccer will have to look elsewhere for a new head coach following Berhalter’s recent firing. The U.S. men’s national team crashed out in the group stage of this summer’s Copa America and will now be preparing for their next major international tournament, the 2026 World Cup, which the U.S. will co-host with Canada and Mexico.

“Our immediate focus is on finding a coach who can maximize our potential as we continue to prepare for the 2026 World Cup, and we have already begun our search process,” said US Soccer Sporting Director Matt Crocker.

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