Bruce Arena has 'no interest' in overseeing another WC cycle right now

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2017

You, too, Taylor Twellman. The team failed over and over again.

U.S. Soccer should be ashamed of itself. Arena's contract was set to run through July, after the World Cup. They can figure it out.

"If this failure does not wake up everyone from U.S. Soccer to Major League Soccer, from "pay to play" to broadcasters, to everything, then we're all insane because the definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing knowing the result", said Twellman, who earned 30 caps for the U.S. from 2002 to 2008.

Over the last six years, the usa men's failures have been plenty.

While fans fulminated over the front office, the next national team coach must instigate a ruthless roster purge. It was a powerful metaphor: You could see, vividly, how the fates of several national soccer teams were all intertwined, with the outcomes of one conflict shaping all the others.

There is no sugar-coating this one. Depending on which media outlet you read, the US Men's National Team missing the 2018 World Cup falls somewhere on a scale from "total embarrassment" to "biggest disaster in US sports history".

Last night, on a field that resembled a cow pasture, the USMNT lost to a Trinidad and Tobago side that not only was already eliminated from qualifying for the World Cup months ago, but had only won once in 9 matches. In no uncertain terms, the President of the United States Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati, must go. "Need a long-term plan that is smart".

The changes I'm talking about are visible in markets like Seattle and Portland, in Kansas City and Orlando, and without question right here in Atlanta. Fans thought they'd squeak through the World Cup qualifiers, make it to Russian Federation, and turn in a decent, if not sometimes dazzling, performance. "I can't look anywhere else except inside our team". For the first time in my 17-year-old soccer-loving daughter's life, there will be no U.S. watch parties with teammates. What needs to change? The U.S. men have been inconsistent for quite some time.

That is four years from now, over 1,000 days from now, and it is just crushing. By losing to Trinidad and Tobago, a scrappy crew and the worst team in this qualifying round, they demonstrated that, in the words of soccer legend and ESPN commentator Julie Foudy, they simply were "not good enough".

It's easy to blame coaching, but not fair in this case.

Calls to oust US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati abounded on Wednesday as the humiliation sunk in of the Americans failing to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup. But when it mattered most, the players looked as flat as they did during the 4-0 loss to Costa Rica that cost Klinsmann his job.

A blemish? It's much more than that, it's much more than a black eye. It doesn't take National Basketball Association height or NFL muscle to be a great soccer player. But it is a warning for the men of U.S. soccer to up their game. They support the clubs in this country, they support player development, but that's not their responsibility. All of that has to get better, but the infrastructure now for player development in the United States is set.

Truth is, there's no quick fix. One of the key shifts - one later emulated successfully by Germany and Belgium - involved making sure immigrant communities had access both to recreational sport facilities and to the routes of recruitment for soccer academies.

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