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U.S. coach Klinsmann seeks long-term deal

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Jurgen Klinsmann coached the United States men's soccer team in next year's World Cup with two games to spare in qualifying.

Now he wants to be rewarded with a contract that takes him beyond the 2014 event in Brazil.

In an interview with on Wednesday ahead of the United States' game against Jamaica in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday, Klinsmann discussed staying on the job long-term.

"A lot of the stuff we've done now is foundation work," Klinsmann said of his three years on the job. "It's really just starting to connect the dots that you always talk about in the soccer landscape in the United States: Getting connected to the youth level, to coaches' education, getting connected really well with MLS.

"So yeah, that is my interest to continue that work. I'd love to be measured on success. I like that. But also you want to see that people in your environment are happy with how things are going. ... I think they are impressed with what we've built now in two years, how we connected the (U.S.) youth teams to us ... A lot of the stuff that we laid out and continue now to deepen is happening. Therefore, yeah, there is a big interest to continue that network."

Following the game against Jamaica, the U.S. concludes the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a game Tuesday at Panama.

Klinsmann, 49, was a goal-scoring star for Germany in his playing career, and he coached Germany to a semifinal finish in the 2006 World Cup. He had a brief, unsuccessful stint as manager of Bayern Munich before eventually taking over the U.S. team.

The U.S. squad is 25-9-6 under Klinsmann. The national team leads the CONCACAF qualifying standings and won the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer.

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