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Steve Cherundolo to be USMNT assistant coach vs. Ireland

Steve Cherundolo is making his return to the United States. Kind of.

Mike Hewitt

Jurgen Klinsmann's coaching staff will have a familiar face when the United States takes on Ireland. Steve Cherundolo has been named an assistant coach for the match, bringing the team's former right back into the team.

Cherundolo played for the U.S. from 1999 until 2012, making 87 caps and establishing himself as one of the team's best and most consistent players. He played his club ball for Hannover, where he made 370 appearances, helped the team get promoted to the Bundesliga and even became captain. You would be hard-pressed to find an American player who has been more professional and respected than Cherundolo.

Cherundolo retired after last season and became an assistant coach in the Hannover academy. Clearly he has his eyes on managing and spending some time with the U.S. in training and in a match can only benefit both him and the Amrican side.

More than anything, it will be great to see Cherundolo with the U.S. again, even if only on the bench. He's the type of person U.S. Soccer should strive to keep in the system and this is a fantastic way to do it.