Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, tweeted on Monday that he verbally committed to California. Klinsmann, the younger, is the starting goalkeeper with the Strikers FC (Irvine, Calif.) U16 Development Academy side. He has given up 19 goals in 14 games this season, which is one of the best goals against averages in the division. Strikers (7-4-4) currently sit in fourth in the Southwest Division.
Klinsmann has experience at the youth national team level with appearances at U15 Boys National Team camps in the past. He is an athletic keeper with good instincts as a shot stopper.
In terms of using the collegiate route to reach the professional level, California has been one of the best stops for goalkeepers in recent history. California goalkeeper coach Henry Foulk is regarded as one of the best in the nation. Three Golden Bear goalkeeper alums currently play in MLS.
Jurgen Klinsmann has previously been somewhat of a critic of the college game given its unique rules and shortened season.
“It's still a bit of the 'Wild West' here because U.S. soccer is disconnected from college soccer and college soccer is disconnected from pro soccer," Klinsmann said in 2012. "Maybe we'll never be able to connect it all perfectly. But a lot is happening. Our goal is to connect the dots everywhere we can."