Berlin – Since pre-season began last week, Jonathan Klinsmann has been training with the Hertha BSC first team with the goal of earning himself a contract - now, the German-American ‘keeper has achieved exactly that. On Wednesday, Michael Preetz officially announced the signing of the 20 year old: “Jonathan convinced us with his ability, charisma and ambition. He’ll now settle with us and develop step by step.” Goalkeeper coach Zsoly Petry says, “Klinsmann exudes calmness and confidence. He has a very good right foot and is also technically and athletically at a good level.”
Jonathan Klinsmann in action at the training camp in Bad Saarow.
An emotional moment
Jonathan Klinsmann on the moment he was told about the contract: “This morning, Michael Preetz asked me to have a chat with him after breakfast. He told me a decision had been taken regarding my contract with Hertha. It was an unbelievably emotional moment for me, because this club has so much history in my family. I’m looking forward to getting to know the club more, the city of Berlin and taking on new challenges in Germany.
The son of former Germany striker and manager Jürgen Klinsmann last played in the USA with the California Golden Bears of Berkeley University. The 1.94 metres tall goalkeeper contested nine games for the USA U18s, and 21 for the U20s. This summer, he reached the quarterfinals of the U20 World Cup, which Maximilian Mittelstädt and Jordan Torunarigha also played at. In March of 2017 at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Costa Rica, he received the award for the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
His father Jürgen has been a Hertha member since 2004 and has the member number 18. His grandfather Siegfried, who was born close to Berlin, was a Hertha fan through and through. Now, Jonathan is the first Klinsmann to play for the capital club.