Coach Jurgen Klinsmann flies helicopter to, from U.S. camp

Jurgen Klinsmann has led the U.S. to the final round of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF.
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We've all been stuck in Los Angeles traffic before, but U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has found a novel way to get around it by earning his license to be a helicopter pilot.

In fact, during the January U.S. camp, Klinsmann has often been sleeping at home in Orange County and flying a helicopter back up to L.A. for breakfast with the team and full days on the grind with the group. That way Klinsmann is able to see his family and get more hours under his belt as a pilot.

It's also the kind of thing you can do when you're making $2.5 million a year. Klinsmann has always been curious in a lot of things outside of soccer, and becoming a helicopter pilot is just one more to add to the list.

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