Posted: Thursday November 30, 2006 3:02PM; Updated: Thursday November 30, 2006 3:02PM
BERLIN (Reuters) -- Former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann would be an ideal choice for the U.S., Pele said in Germany on Thursday.
"He'd be good for the U.S. boys," the Brazilian World Cup great told a news conference while on a business trip to Duesseldorf.
"He's an excellent trainer who led Germany to an incredible World Cup this year. He didn't quite have the fortune he needed to win the title. I think he'd be the right man for the job," Pele was quoted as saying by the German sport news agency SID.
Last month, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said he had talked to Klinsmann, who lives in California, about coaching the national team but no agreement had been reached.
Klinsmann, who steered Germany to the World Cup semifinals in July, has expressed an interest in replacing Bruce Arena, whose contract was not renewed after eight years coaching the national team. Gulati said a decision was expected in December.
An opinion poll by N-TV television in Germany on Thursday found that 74 percent of Germans would be pleased if Klinsmann took the U.S. job even though the popular coach shocked the nation when stepped down at the end of the World Cup.