U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena resigned from his position late last week. The move did not come as a shock to American soccer fans as the USMNT failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. America’s 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago all but finalized Arena’s disappointing tenure as club manager.
Arena’s Coaching Tenure
Arena took over the National Team after Jurgen Klinsmann’s dismissal last November. After two losses in the Hex qualifying round, the U.S. hoped Arena could help turn the team around. He began his tenure with a win and a draw, but the team struggled to find its footing in the next few matches. Arena leaves the U.S. with a 10-6-2 overall record. It was an incredibly underwhelming performance for Arena as head coach. His hiring was praised across the U.S. soccer community after Arena left the L.A. Galaxy with a 333-162-77 career record.
The loss to Trinidad and Tobago means the U.S. finished fifth in CONCACAF’s Hexagonal table. The 66-year-old Arena acknowledged the team failed to live up to expectations in a statement issued discussing his resignation. Last week’s loss was a major failure for the USMNT, but it was tough situation for Arena overall, after he took over for Klinsmann. Meanwhile, soccer President Sunil Gulati intends to stay with the U.S. team. Gulati said a decision on a new coach would be made soon as the club re-focuses on the 2022 World Cup.
USMNT Next Head Coach
The newest name to emerge in the coaching rumor mill is former England manager Sam Allardyce. After leaving Crystal Palace back in May, multiple sources have reported Allardyce has a strong interest in the USMNT opening. The 62-year-old has a long history of success in the Premier League with Newcastle United and Sunderland among other clubs. The Scotland manager job is currently open and while Allardyce has been linked to that position, sources maintain he is more interested in the USMNT.