USMNT coach Bruce Arena calls World Cup qualifying elimination 'a blemish'

Team USA soccer coach Bruce Arena

There was nothing to worry about. Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked and replaced with Bruce Arena, which sparked the team for a while.

United States soccer manager Bruce Arena told the Washington Post's Steven Goff on Thursday he does not have a desire to remain at the helm through another four-year World Cup qualifying period.

Former US global Taylor Twellman told ESPN News: "The gloves should have been off years ago". We can't beat Trinidad on a field that's too wet and too heavy? In the unlikely event the US might suffer what raters deemed would constitute the "worst loss in USMNT history", they'd still advance as long as both Panama and Honduras didn't beat the top two teams already qualified - Costa Rica and Mexico.

"We certainly expected to qualify throughout the it's a huge disappointment for everybody - the players, the staff, the coaches, for the federation".

In the wake of the usa men's soccer team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, fans and pundits alike are upset. We don't have enough stars like Christian Pulisic to compete at the highest level on the world stage. The Americans won't even play a competitive match for almost two years, until the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

But American soccer fans, don't despair.

Yes, Iceland (population 334,000) will be there. Kinnear and Schmid have both been fired in the last couple years. Just ask Chile or the Netherlands.

"You can say whatever you want - I'm not the most skillful, not the guy that's going to do stepovers, go one-vs-one".

The federation has scheduled a conference call with media for Friday morning in which U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati will discuss the failure to qualify for Russia 2018, with Arena's future an inevitable topic.

The latest setback has everyone asking "What's next?" and how can we finally "Make America Great At Last" in the world's most popular sport? As for the players we thank them and will always be behind them in the stands. To make any kind of insane changes, I think would be foolish. Throughout his career he played a variety of positions from forward to defender, giving him a good knowledge of all areas of the pitch. Soccer fans here are used to following professional teams and tournaments overseas, and the connection the sport gives us to the rest of the globe is part of the draw.

But it's never been that simple.

"Why do people think U.S. Soccer is in charge of player development?"

The U.S. returned to the World Cup in 1990 after a 40-year absence, and soccer grew at an exponential rate, helped by the U.S. hosting the tournament in 1994.

It's simply hard to manufacture talents like Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar in a culture that doesn't have children moving around all day with a soccer ball at their feet instead of an iPhone in their hands.

Arena took over the team past year after J├╝rgen Klinsmann was sacked following a run of poor results.

Vermes has guided Sporting KC to one MLS Cup and three U.S. Open Cup titles and the team has made the playoffs every season since 2011. After that, it probably won't be as much of an issue when the event expands from 32 to 48 teams in 2026. "Because that should have never happened with the billion dollars-plus that is going into U.S. Soccer and youth development".



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