Andi Herzog has been named the coach of the United States Under-23 men's national team, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday.
The U-23 team is the group that will seek to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"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," said Herzog. "We look forward to putting together a team that will make all Americans proud. We also know it’s a part of our responsibility to develop players who will be able to contribute to the senior National Team, and that process has already begun."
Herzog has been an assistant coach to Jurgen Klinsmann for the U.S. men's national team since 2011, and previously managed the Austria U-21 men's national team.
He also helped coach multiple U.S. U-23 camps and a U-21 camp last year.
"As a former coach of the U-21 Austria team, [Herzog] has a lot of experience connecting to the younger generation of players," said Klinsmann. "Having been with the senior national team these past years, he understands the challenges of putting together a team with players coming from all over. Andi is absolutely ready to step into this role, and he deserves this opportunity."
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