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In a shock move, Jurgen Klinsmann has pulled out of the running for the U.S. head coaching job with a firm, “Nein!”

In a statement sent to American media giant ESPN, Klinsmann stated, “I have withdrawn my name from consideration as coach.”

The news should come as a shock, as most logical discussions for the past two months pointed toward a unification of the Calfornia-based German World Cup coach and U.S. Soccer. Klinsmann has been the first name on the lips ever since the Americans crashed out of the World Cup and decided not to renew Bruce Arena’s contract.

Chivas USA head coach Bob Bradley is rumored to be the top candidate in Klinsmann’s absence, but other names linked with the job include: Jose Pekerman, Carlos Queiroz, and Peter Nowak.

Bradley (above) was MLS’ Coach Of The Year last season after turning the league’s doormats, Chivas USA into a championship contender. His upturn in career fortunes comes very shortly after being banished from the Meadowlands by Stephen Bishop tribute act Alexi Lalas. Fascinating to see that two of the four names being tipped for the U.S. Soccer gig (Bradley and Queiroz) are former Metro Stars bosses.