Juergen Klinsmann felt a great sense of pride as well as relief after the USA progressed to the 2014 World Cup.
The former Germany striker had a topsy-turvy time as manager of the German national team between 2004 and 2006 but is absolutely thrilled to be leading the US to the finals in Brazil next year.
“It means a lot to me like it means a lot to all of us. To the players, to the Federation, everyone working here in this environment, to you guys as well as the fans,” he told USsoccer.com.
“A qualifying campaign is a very difficult road and we knew that. I did that myself as a player, as a coach with Germany, and I had difficult moments. When I went through it the first round I almost didn’t go to the World Cup in 1990 and ended up winning.
“It is a special moment and we coaches enjoy it the same way as the players do and we’re proud of that.”