Jurgen Klinsmann adds ex-coach Berti Vogts to US braintrust

AFP| Last Updated: Mar 27, 2015, 10:22 AM IST
Jurgen Klinsmann adds ex-coach Berti Vogts to US braintrust

Berti Vogts, who played on Germany`s 1974 World Cup winning team and coached their 1996 European championship squad, was named a national team technical advisor Thursday by the United States Soccer Federation.

US national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was captain of the 1996 European trophy winners guided by Vogts, who gave Klinsmann advice on a less formal basis at last year`s World Cup, when the Americans went out in the round of 16.

"We had a fantastic experience with Berti during the 2014 FIFA World Cup," Klinsmann said. "His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us."

The move comes in the wake of a 3-2 loss Wednesday at Denmark and Klinsmann saying he wanted to ensure young European-based talents Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin, struggling for playing time at Hamburg and Tottenham respectively, had US team support.

Vogts will oversee player development in Europe, including scouting work, improving club relationships and identifying talent.

In a 14-year career that saw him help Borussia Moenchengladbach to five Bundesliga crowns and two UEFA Cups, Vogts also earned 96 caps for Germany and played 19 matches over three World Cups, famously marking Dutch star Johan Cruyff in a 2-1 German win in the 1974 World Cup final.

Vogts guided Germany to 66 wins, 24 draws and 12 defeats from 1990-98. He has also guided the national teams of Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08) and managed Azerbaijan from 2008-2014.