Today, US Soccer announced that manager Jürgen Klinsmann agreed to a four-year contract extension today. The deal, which keeps Klinsmann as manager through the 2018 World Cup in Russia, is abigdeal, because the extension signifies two things. First, of course, is that it means Klinsmann's been absolutely killing it since taking the program over two and a half years ago. And second, it means that the USMNT might completely tank next year at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, and that it doesn't matter at all.
We think this is awesome. The United States have suffered some growing pains under the German, but once everyone fell in line, Klinsmann completely changed the culture of the national team. He changed how they play. He changed who they recruit. And by any measure, the American soccer has thrived and grown under his watch. He boasts a record of 27-10-7 with the squad, and FIFA currently ranks the once irrelevant USMNT 14th in the world. (And remember when we thought the Americans had a chance at being a top seed in the 2014 World Cup? Wild.)