Klinsmann introduced as new US soccer coach

By the Associated Press | August 1, 2011 | 11:29 AM EDT

Juergen Klinsmann, of Germany, smiles after being introduced as the head coach of the U.S. men's soccer team at a news conference in New York, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — New U.S. men's soccer coach Juergen Klinsmann believes his mix of international experience and American knowledge will allow him to improve the national team.

Klinsmann was introduced at a news conference Monday in Manhattan. His hiring was announced Friday.

The former Germany player and coach has lived in the United States for 13 years, and he says his understanding of the unique aspects of American culture will serve him well.

He thinks U.S. fans will appreciate a proactive style and plans to consult with coaches in the country's diverse development system, from the youth to college levels.