Even before leading the United States into next year’s World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann has been signed to stay on as the American coach for the 2018 World Cup.
Klinsmann agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2018, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Thursday.
Coach since July 2011, his new deal gives him the additional title of USSF technical director.
“One of the reasons we hired Jurgen as our head coach was to advance the program forward, and we’ve seen the initial stages of that happening on the field and also off the field in various areas,” USSF President Sunil Gulati said in a statement.
The U.S. has won 27 and drawn seven of 44 games under Klinsmann, qualified for its seventh straight World Cup and won this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
• The 2014 MLS All-Star Game will be against legendary German club Bayern Munich. It will be played in August at Jeld-Wen Field, home of the Portland Timbers.
• The Seattle Sounders’ busy offseason continued Thursday with the team acquiring defender Chad Marshall from the Columbus Crew in exchange for a 2015 third-round pick and allocation money.
Marshall spent the past 10 seasons with Columbus and was a two-time MLS Defender of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
• The National Women’s Soccer League announced the addition of its first expansion team — the Houston Dash. The team will be owned and operated by the Houston Dynamo of MLS and will begin play in 2014.
• The Portland Timbers selected midfielder Steve Zukuani in the first stage of the MLS re-entry draft after trading up for the No. 2 pick. Portland sent the No. 17 selection and defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste to Chivas USA on Thursday for the No. 2 pick and midfielder/defender Jorge Villafana.
Two Wildcats earn monthly honors
Arizona Wildcats junior Kevin Cordes and sophomore Rafael Quintero earned Pac-12 honors for the month of November, the league announced Thursday. Cordes was named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month, while Quintero was named Pac-12 Diver of the Month.
Cordes, who earned his fourth Pac-12 monthly award, took home three first-place finishes in the 100 breast and three first-place finishes in the 200 breast in November. In addition, he was also part of two first-place relay teams.
Quintero earned a pair of victories against both UNLV and USC in November.
• The UA is making Sewailo Golf Club at Casino del Sol its new home course for both golf programs, the school announced Thursday. Sewailo replaces Arizona National as the home of the Wildcats.
National Finals Rodeo
Cervi wins third round at NFR
Marana’s Sherry Cervi won her third round of barrel racing at the National Finals Rodeo when she came home first in a time of 13.71 seconds on Thursday night in Las Vegas.
Cervi picked up $18,630 for her victory in the eighth round. The three-time world champion, who also won the first and second rounds of the 10-day event at Thomas & Mack Center, has earned checks in each of the first eight rounds.
Rain disrupts Mandela tourney
DURBAN, South Africa — Players will need a third day to complete the first round at the Nelson Mandela Championship after rain again disrupted the European Tour event’s schedule.
Englishman Daniel Brooks was still the clubhouse leader after an 8-under-par 62.
• The Preakness Stakes will be worth $1.5 million next year, the first purse increase for the second leg of the Triple Crown since 1998. The Maryland Jockey Club on Thursday announced the $500,000 increase for the May 17 race at Pimlico.
• The Atlantic Coast Conference will use an experimental instant replay rule during its baseball tournament. Umpires can use video to review whether a ball originally called foul was actually fair after touching the ground beyond first or third base, if an apparent home run is fair or foul, if a batted ball left the field for a home run or a ground-rule double, and if a spectator interfered with a ball on a home run.
• Dan Church resigned Thursday as coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team, saying he felt others lacked confidence in his ability to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
• The WTA says it will add an extra grass-court tournament in Nottingham, England, to its calendar from 2015 to give players more time to gear up for Wimbledon.