A German coach hopes to lead Team U.S.A. to victory at the World Cup
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When the U.S. national soccer team kicks off against Germany in Recife, Brazil, on June 26, it’s likely that the majority of the players on the field will be German. The American team will feature stars such as Jermaine Jones and Fabian Johnson, sons of U.S. service members, who grew up in Germany and played professionally there. Both speak German as a primary language. And if the play in this first-round 2014 World Cup game resembles Germany’s Bundesliga more than the U.S.’s Major League Soccer (MLS), that will be deliberate too.
The two teams have a common denominator: Jürgen Klinsmann, the U.S. coach and former German striker who was in charge of Germany during the 2006 World Cup. Back then …