Herzog to become US assistant coach

The Austrian football federation says Andreas Herzog will become

assistant to United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Herzog is Austria’s most capped international. The former

midfielder played 103 matches and scored 26 goals for the country

between 1998-2003.

He left his post as coach of Austria’s under-21 team late

Friday, the federation said on Saturday.

”Jurgen Klinsmann and I have been close friends for many years

now. I face this new challenge with great confidence,” Herzog was

quoted as saying in the federation’s statement. Herzog and

Klinsmann were teammates at Bayern Munich when the German club won

the UEFA Cup in 1996.

No details about Herzog’s contract with the U.S. football

federation were revealed.

After stints with Rapid Vienna, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich,

Herzog played for Los Angeles Galaxy in 2004. He was assistant to

Austria coaches Josef Hickersberger and Karel Brueckner before

taking over the under-21 team in March 2009.

His first match as assistant to Klinsmann will be a Jan. 21

friendly against Venezuela, followed by another friendly against

Panama four days later.