Juergen Klinsmann and the US Soccer Federation (USSF) are likely to know within a week whether their talks will lead to a contract for him to become coach of the American national team, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said on Wednesday.
Klinsmann and USSF President Sunil Gulati have held lengthy discussions about the possibility of the former German forward succeeding Bruce Arena, who coached the team for 7 1/2 years and was let go by Gulati after the World Cup.
No deal has been agreed to yet, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing.
Gulati's goal in the summer was to hire a coach by late November, but he said in October that a decision might not happen until December.
Klinsmann led Germany to the World Cup semifinals last summer in his first professional coaching job, then quit after the tournament.
He lives in Newport Beach, California - driving distance from the US National Team Training Center in Carson, which also is home to MLS clubs the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA.
He said in October that he was interested in becoming the US oach, and most of the USSF's attention appears to have been focused on him. Jose Pekerman, who coached Argentina at the World Cup, also was among the candidates.
The US would play its first game since the World Cup, in an exhibition against Denmark in Carson on January 20.
In the highlights next year, the Americans will defend their title at the CONCACAF Gold Cup from June 6-24. The team also was invited to the Copa America to be played in Venezuela from June 26-July 15.