Herzog named U.S. U23 head coach

Andreas Herzog (left) talks with Chris Wondolowski (middle) and Kyle Beckerman (right) at a United States training session on June 14, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

CHICAGO – Andreas "Andi" Herzog has been named head coach of the United States under-23 national team, U.S. Soccer announced Friday.

The 46-year-old, an assistant coach with the USA’s senior squad since December 2011, will lead the group that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"Andi brings a wealth of experience at the international level as a player and a coach," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati.  "In his years with the National Team he has developed a thorough understanding of our system, and we are confident that he is the right coach to accomplish our goal of reaching and succeeding in the Olympic Games."

Herzog has already played an integral role in the Americans’ early Olympic preparations by helping head multiple U23 camps last year in Brazil and the Bahamas, as well as a U21 camp in April 2014.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to coach the U.S. Under-23 National Team," said Herzog, who scored 26 goals in 103 international appearances as Austria’s most-capped player.  "We recognize the special place that the Olympic Games have in this country and we are committed as a group to qualifying for Rio in 2016.”

Herzog played professionally for 18 years, playing in the 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cups.  He served as Austria's U21 coach from 2009-11, and was also an assistant coach for Austria's senior national team.

As a player, Herzog was a former teammate of current U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann at German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, where the two celebrated winning a UEFA Cup championship in 1996.