You don’t have to have a British accent to be a good soccer announcer, it’s just that all the best announcers have British accents. They’re the ones who not only have a love of the game, but were brought up through their careers knowing that being a soccer (or football in their parlance) announcer was the top of the heap. Being a soccer announcer in the US sports landscape is far from the top of the heap. There’s a reason Rob Stone goes from MLS to being the play-by-play guy for pro bowling — and I’m pretty sure it’s not because of his love of bowling.
In the same fashion, you do not need to be a former soccer player from Europe or South America to be a top soccer coach — it just so happens that the best coaches come from places where soccer is the end-all-and-be-all of sporting culture and have played the game at a very high level. (Of course, there are always exceptions to prove the rule, see: Diego Maradona.)
I’m sure somewhere here in America there is someone who will be our first great American-born national team coach. Perhaps it’s Jason Kreis, or Ben Olsen — guys who grew up with soccer and played and now coach at the professional level. But right now, that person doesn’t exist and so US Soccer has gone out and finally landed Jurgen Klinsmann — a coach with a high European pedigree and, as someone who’s lived in America for several years — a deep knowledge and understanding of the arcane (and wholly non-European) workings of American soccer.
Right now, Klinsmann certainly seems like the best option for US Soccer, but there are questions surrounding both Bradley’s dismissal and his hiring that need to be addressed.