Under-fire Arena addresses US future: 'I'll do whatever is right'


"Bruce Arena was brought in with the singular mission of getting us to the World Cup".

He was hired last winter to replace Jurgen Klinsmann, the 2014 World Cup coach who was sacked after losing the first two final-round qualifiers. The USMNT is an end product, not a development platform, and can not solve any of U.S. Soccer's larger problems.

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

Amid calls for the exit of U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and systematic changes to the federation's development program, Donovan floated out the possibility that the U.S. could ultimately benefit from the reality check presented by Tuesday's stunning result.

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Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama are the three teams from the Concacaf region that have qualified directly for the World Cup while Honduras finished off in fourth place on the standings and will play in a two legged playoff against Australia for a place in the World Cup next year.

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? While Kreis has more postseason success, he's six years younger than Vermes and may get his chance at the USMNT at a later date. Scouts weren't coming to this area and chances are, we might have lost out on Pulisic if his father wasn't a pro player himself and was able to open the doors to get Christian to where he needed to be to be the star he now is. "I can't look anywhere else except inside our team". Even despite conceding those two freakish goals, we still positioned ourselves to get out of there with a point.

All we had to do was at least tie Trinidad &Tobago, an island nation of 1.3 million whose 99th-ranked team in the world had nothing at stake in the outcome. 'We have some good players coming up. To make any kind of insane changes I think would be foolish. "There's no finger-pointing or excuses; it's all on us". They won just three of 10 World Cup qualifiers this time around. Yeah, there's fatigue. Did you notice their players going down with cramps?

"We knew we were behind the eight-ball since last November. Players play in clubs", Arena told the Post. U.S. Soccer needs to see these as two separate issues.

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While the entire program, including USSF president, needs a complete revamp around young phenom Christian Pulisic, it has to be a priority to bring on a new coach and if possible, a big name that has attained success on the global stage whether it be with a national team or with a big club in Europe.

For one thing, US Soccer has been bragging about this $100 million surplus they have obtained and while this isn't as sexy as a brand new headquarters in Los Angeles, I would spend a portion of the money on making it free to take coaching classes and obtain licenses and hire more scouts. An increasingly sturdy domestic league, M.L.S., now in its 23rd season, was expected to gradually fortify the United States men's player pool.

The growth in MLS academies should help build the needed depth and also create a system in which the United States is less reliant on 22-year-olds who have spent their formative years in college. The competitive club teams cost thousands of dollars a year and are all about winning and not development. It's hard for even world class talent to overcome being asked to play in a back three for the first time without being adequately trained in the system, as Klinsmann had the USMNT do against Mexico.

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I think you're going to see these things have a way of working themselves out over time. I'm a big fan. "I couldn't have made everybody (else) in the West better".