November 12, 2018 / 8:38 PM / 10 months ago

Soccer-Klinsmann's son added to U.S. national team roster

Nov 12 (Reuters) - Former U.S. and Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann’s son Jonathan was added on Monday as one of the goalkeepers on the United States’ national team roster for a pair of November friendlies against England and Italy.

The 21-year-old Jonathan, who holds both German and American citizenship, was added to the squad after goalkeeper Zack Steffen aggravated a lingering right hamstring issue.

The Hertha Berlin goalkeeper will join the men’s national team camp for the first time when he arrives in London for a friendly against World Cup semi-finalists England on Thursday followed by a Nov. 20 clash against Italy.

Jonathan played every minute of his country’s run to the 2017 Under-20 World Cup quarter-finals in South Korea and earlier that year was named the best goalkeeper at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 championship in Costa Rica.

Juergen Klinsmann was a member of the 1990 German World Cup winning team as a player and led them to the semi-finals as coach in 2006.

He was sacked as head coach of the U.S. men’s national team in 2016 following consecutive losses during the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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