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Berti Vogts pulls off neat double: coaching Azerbaijan against US, then scouting for Americans

  • Azerbaijan soccer head coach Berti Vogts, center, gathers his team together before practice at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Azerbaijan soccer head coach Berti Vogts, center, gathers his team together before practice at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Azerbaijan soccer head coach Berti Vogts smiles as his team begins practice at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Azerbaijan soccer head coach Berti Vogts smiles as his team begins practice at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann speaks at a news conference for the World Cup soccer tournament in Stanford, Calif., Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    United States soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann speaks at a news conference for the World Cup soccer tournament in Stanford, Calif., Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

Berti Vogts is in an unusual spot.

He will coach Azerbaijan against the United States in a World Cup warmup game Tuesday night. Then he returns to his other important soccer gig: scouting U.S. World Cup opponents as a special adviser to coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Only in soccer could Vogts pull off this assignment — guiding one team, then rejoining the other in the lead-up to Brazil.

Vogts expects about half of Azerbaijan's 9 million people to be watching the game on TV when it will be 7 a.m. in the former Soviet republic. The match at Candlestick Park is the first of three World Cup warmups for the U.S.

Klinsmann called upon Vogts in March, when he shook up his coaching staff more than two months before the World Cup.