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Klinsmann, U.S. agree to extension

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POSTED December 12, 2013 11:37 p.m.

Even before leading the United States into next year’s World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann has been signed to stay on as the American coach for the 2018 World Cup.

Klinsmann agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2018, the U.S. Soccer Federation said on Thursday.Coach since July 2011, his new deal gives him the additional title of USSF technical director.

“One of the reasons we hired Jurgen as our head coach was to advance the program forward, and we’ve seen the initial stages of that happening on the field and also off the field in various areas,” USSF President Sunil Gulati said in a statement.

The U.S. has won 27 and drawn seven of 44 games under Klinsmann, qualified for its seventh straight World Cup and won this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“I am very fortunate to continue the work we started more than two and half years ago,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “The role of technical director is a huge challenge and also a huge opportunity as we look to keep connecting the dots to the youth national teams, coaching education, the development academy and the grassroots efforts in this country.”

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