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SAN FRANCISCO – 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.