Bruce Arena

United States Men's National Team

Is our American soccer culture in worse shape than we thought?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - I've experienced a wide range of emotions during USMNT games over the past few years, both as a journalistic observer and from the perspective of a soccer-enamored American. Tuesday's friendly draw with Portugal handed me a new one.

Arena 'would have bet on' Miazga, Brooks pairing at World Cup

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Former U.S. Men's National Team boss Bruce Arena made an appearance on Fox Sports 1's broadcast for Tuesday's friendly against Portugal, and he didn't shy away from projections from what could have been.

Arena stated that the center back pairing of John Brooks and Matt Miazga would've been his choice had the USMNT qualified for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

A beginning, and an end, for the USMNT in Portugal

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - Fifteen years and five months after the shock World Cup win over Portugal that launched the program into a bold new century, a dramatically revamped USMNT squad has gathered in Lisbon this week ahead of a rematch that marks both the beginning and end of an era.

Projecting the USMNT roster for the Portugal friendly

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It's been nearly one month since U.S. Men's National Team doomsday, and a lot has happened in that month. Bruce Arena has moved on, and a number of the players from that fateful day in Trinidad & Tobago will likely join him. There has been plenty of criticism and calls for reform in the past few weeks, and the reverb from the 2018 World Cup failure will ring out for a long time.

Arena exits USMNT

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena announced on Friday that he is stepping down following the World Cup qualifying exit at Trinidad & Tobago. Arena was brought in as Jurgen Klinsmann's replacement to qualify the team for the 2018 World Cup. Instead, the USMNT finished in 5th-place and will miss the tournament.

Bruce Arena resigns as USMNT coach

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Bruce Arena's time as U.S. Men's National Team coach is finished.

U.S. Soccer announced on Friday that Arena has resigned from his job following the team's World Cup elimination. As of now, no replacement has been officially named.

Arena took charge of the USMNT back in January following Jurgen Klinsmann's dismissal two games into the Hexagonal.

Sunil Gulati: U.S. Soccer doesn't need wholesale changes after missing World Cup

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Changes are certainly coming to U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Men's National Team. After Tuesday's loss, it's going to be a long wait for a World Cup and, throughout that wait, there's no doubt that plenty will be analyzed and addressed from top to bottom.

Just how and what changes, though, remains to be seen.

Bruce Arena: "We failed"

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When Bruce Arena began his stint as U.S. Men's National Team manager in January, he was brought in with one goal in mind. He was not hired to bring in some overarching ideologies or push the game to a new stratosphere. He was hired to navigate World Cup qualifying and book a ticket to Russia.

On Tuesday, that goal came crashing down in Trinidad & Tobago.

USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup fate will be decided in Trinidad & Tobago on Friday night.

After toppling Panama, 4-0, on Friday, the U.S. can seal a spot in Russia on Friday night with a victory over the Soca Warriors. A draw would also almost certainly be good enough while a loss to last-place T&T would open the door for Panama or Honduras to make a late push up the Hexagonal table.

Despite conditions, USMNT ready to seize World Cup chance with win in T&T

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Everyone knows what's at stake for the U.S. Men's National Team on Tuesday night. It's been discussed for months and, with a win, they will finally be able to grasp a ticket to Russia.

Before the U.S. can escape CONCACAF, though, they must first handle one final challenge, and it's one very befitting of a World Cup decider in the region.

T&T match presents unique challenge for USMNT defense

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Trinidad & Tobago is far from CONCACAF's most dangerous team. A quick glance at the Hexagonal table will tell you that, but that does not mean that the U.S. Men's National Team does not need to remain open and alert to certain situations on Tuesday night.

The U.S. knows that a draw will most likely be good enough to leave T&T with a World Cup ticket in hand, so any sort of clean sheet would be enough to book a spot in Russia.

After month of criticism, USMNT steps up to Panama challenge

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Since the moment the second Costa Rican goal hit the back of the net at Red Bull Arena, the U.S. Men's National Team has known the stakes. Doubt became a major factor on that night. There was doubt surrounding the team's World Cup qualifying pursuit and, even worse, there was doubt about the direction of a program that on the brink of a catastrophic end to the cycle.

Preview: USMNT vs Panama

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - A day ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Panama (7pm ET - ESPN2) that could make or break his team's chances of making next year's tournament in Russia, USMNT coach Bruce Arena exuded the kind of casual confidence that has come to define his coaching style in a long and successful career.

USMNT Notes: Christian Pulisic prepared for physical Panama, Bob Bradley joins camp and more

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Christian Pulisic is learning the harsh realities of CONCACAF. Matches within the region certainly don't live up to the technique on display in the Champions League atmospheres he's grown accustomed to, but CONCACAF matches present an entirely different challenge altogether, especially for budding superstars.

Benny Feilhaber ready to contribute to USMNT after 'shock' call-up

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Benny Feilhaber did not expect a U.S. Men's National Team call-up any time soon. He had been involved in a few January camps in recent years, but the Sporting KC striker hadn't been with the true first team in quite awhile. With two vital World Cup qualifiers looming, he did not expect to be reintroduced with a trip to Russia on the line.

Feilhaber, Agudelo among notable names on 26-man USMNT squad for October qualifiers

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The U.S. Men's National Team squad for October's crucial World Cup qualifiers looks a lot like the squad that feature in September's qualifiers, with a few notable exceptions.

Benny Feilhaber, Juan Agudelo and Michael Orozco were among the notable inclusions in the 26-man roster Bruce Arena has chosen for the October qualifying squad ahead of key matches against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.

After surviving Honduras scare, USMNT still has work to do in World Cup qualifying

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Tuesday's point wasn't enough to send the U.S. Men's National Team to Russia. It wasn't even truly enough to fully get feet back on firm ground. However, it was just enough for the USMNT to help their case in just the slightest bit.

Down a goal with time ticking away, Bobby Wood fired a vital goal in the 85th minute, sealing a 1-1 draw with Honduras in San Pedro Sula.

USMNT 1, Honduras 1: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Men's National Team wasn't very good on Tuesday. There's no secret to it. Tuesday's performance wasn't a good one, and the USMNT looked like they were well on their way towards being punished for it yet again.

Until they weren't, thanks to a Bobby Wood goal. Call it luck, call it timing, call it whatever you want.

World Cup qualifying match report: Honduras 1-1 USMNT

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Bobby Wood's late goal earned a point for the US even as Honduras once again exposed an unprotected and jittery back line.

2018 World Cup

Portugal vs. US Men’s National Team preview: US aims to restore faith after World Cup disaster

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The US is not going to the 2018 World Cup. It’s been over a month since that dismal night in Trinidad but it’s still a sore spot and it’s still shocking to hear and say. It’s also quite depressing. But it’s time to turn the page on that dark chapter in US Soccer history and to make sure that it never, ever happens again.

USMNT vs Panama 2018 World Cup Qualifier: Time, TV Schedule and how to watch

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It's time to take care of business..

It's time to get down and dirty as the last two matches in the Hex are incoming. Tonight the red, white and blue take on Panama in what is a must win scenario to make sure they punch their ticket to the 2018 World Cup next summer. If for some reason they don't win tonight it'll all come down to Trinidad and Tobago on the road.

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Hiring Friedel is a big risk for the Revolution

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Employing an inexperienced coach shows a lack of ambition.

According to reports, Brad Friedel is the New England Revolution's next head coach. This hiring may come to a surprise to many. Rumored candidates, such as former Argentina manager Daniel Passarella, New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese, and former USMNT boss Bruce Arena, made it seem like the Revolution were looking for experience.

Hiring Freidel is a big risk for the Revolution

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Employing an inexperienced coach shows a lack of ambition.

According to reports, Brad Friedel is the New England Revolution's next head coach. This hiring may come to a surprise to many. Rumored candidates, such as former Argentina manager Daniel Passarella, New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese, and former USMNT boss Bruce Arena, made it seem like the Revolution were looking for experience.

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Assistant Sarachan to coach US team at Portugal friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – US national team assistant coach Dave Sarachan will guide an American squad still reeling after missing out on the World Cup in a November friendly in Portugal, US Soccer announced Tuesday.

Bruce Arena resigned as coach on October 13 after the Americans lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago in their qualifying finale and failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Assistant Sarachan to coach US team at Portugal friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – US national team assistant coach Dave Sarachan will guide an American squad still reeling after missing out on the World Cup in a November friendly in Portugal, US Soccer announced Tuesday.

Bruce Arena resigned as coach on October 13 after the Americans lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago in their qualifying finale and failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Arena resigns as US soccer coach after World Cup failure

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Chicago (AFP) – Bruce Arena, called upon last November to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as coach of the United States, resigned Friday, three days after the Americans failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The 66-year-old Arena, who guided the US team into the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals and also coached the squad into the 2006 World Cup, said failing to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986 was a “major setback.

Arena resigns as US soccer coach after World Cup failure

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Chicago (AFP) – Bruce Arena, called upon last November to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as coach of the United States, resigned Friday, three days after the Americans failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The 66-year-old Arena, who guided the US team into the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals and also coached the squad into the 2006 World Cup, said failing to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986 was a “major setback.

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USA to face Portugal in soccer friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – The United States will face Portugal next month in the team’s first game since their shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation announced Monday.

A statement said the USA, who were sensationally dumped out of World Cup contention last week following a loss to Trinidad & Tobago, will face Portugal on November 14 in Faro.

MLS cannot escape blame for US implosion in World Cup qualifying

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The United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a devastating blow for the sport in this country, but it’s also a clear reflection of how much of a damaging effect the top-flight league has had on the national team in the last number of years.

Coached by Bruce Arena, who has never coached a professional club team outside of the United States, he fielded a team on Tuesday night that was made entirely out of current MLS or former MLS players, except one - Christian Pulisic, the one star that continues to be light years ahead of anyone in the US player squad.

MLS cannot escape blame for US implosion in World Cup qualifying

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The United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a devastating blow for the sport in this country, but it’s also a clear reflection of how much of a damaging effect the top-flight league has had on the national team in the last number of years.

Coached by Bruce Arena, who has never coached a professional club team outside of the United States, he fielded a team on Tuesday night that was made entirely out of current MLS or former MLS players, except one - Christian Pulisic, the one star that continues to be light years ahead of anyone in the US player squad.

US coach Arena confident despite pitch fears

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Couva (Trinidad and Tobago) (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena shrugged off fears concerning a waterlogged playing surface as his team prepare to seal their World Cup qualification against Trinidad & Tobago here Tuesday.

The US will clinch their ticket to next year’s finals in Russia with victory over already-eliminated Trinidad & Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

US coach Arena confident despite pitch fears

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Couva (Trinidad and Tobago) (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena shrugged off fears concerning a waterlogged playing surface as his team prepare to seal their World Cup qualification against Trinidad & Tobago here Tuesday.

The US will clinch their ticket to next year’s finals in Russia with victory over already-eliminated Trinidad & Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Arena the gambler takes the USMNT to the cusp of Russia 2018

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Friday's 4-0 win was keyed by a huge bet on the American attack

The United States went into Friday's crunch World Cup qualifier against Panama a nervous wreck. Sitting in a position that only guaranteed a difficult playoff against either Australia or Syria, and holding onto that only via tiebreaker, fed the perspective that this was the biggest USMNT qualifier in over a decade.

Clint Dempsey leads seven Seattle Sounders called into international duty

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He'll face off against teammates Roman Torres, Joevin Jones in World Cup qualifying.

As the United States enters the final round of World Cup Qualifying, they will only have one Seattle Sounders player on the roster — Clint Dempsey. The former USA captain is now a rotational player under Bruce Arena, and he leads CONCACAF in scoring in the Hex.

Will The United States qualify for the World Cup?

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Bruce Arena and the United States men’s national team have struggled heavily in recent World Cup qualification matches. They are now, essentially, in a must-win scenario after picking up a measly point during this international break.

The United States faced off in a crucial game against Costa Rica on September 1st.

US rivals motivated by immigration stance – Arena

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena believes his team’s World Cup qualification rivals have been given extra motivation by the US government’s hardline immigration stance, it was reported Tuesday.

Arena, whose team faces Honduras later Tuesday in a crucial World Cup qualifier, said a crackdown on illegal immigration by President Donald Trump’s administration was fuelling opponents in CONCACAF.

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USMNT versus Honduras disaster review, plus D.C. United and Orlando City: Filibuster

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This weekend was all about the US men's national team, so Jason, Adam, and Ben have to start with the two disastrous qualifiers. We start with the man on the sideline, Bruce Arena, and try to assess how much of the blame for these games is on him (hint: a lot). We talk about Bruce trying Darlington Nagbe in a central role against Costa Rica, and whether or not Christian Pulisic should have been in the middle instead of out wide.

USMNT vs. Honduras disaster review, plus D.C. United vs. Orlando City: Filibuster

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World Cup qualifying has us feeling some kind of way

This weekend was all about the USMNT, so Jason, Adam, and Ben have to start with the two disastrous qualifiers. We start with the man on the sideline, Bruce Arena, and try to assess how much of the blame for these games is on him (hint: a lot).

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Ranking MLS-based contenders for USMNT manager

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The top five coaches in MLS who will in the USMNT manager discussion.

The aftermath of the US men's national team failing to qualify for the World Cup continues to reverberate around the American soccer landscape, and the latest discussion has been centered around the future of the managerial position.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/2/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Union beat Sounders, postpone mathematical elimination
Sunday's win keeps the Union's microscopically thin playoff hopes alive until next weekend.

Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber on U.S. roster for Panama, Trinidad World Cup qualifiers
They are among 26 players summoned by head coach Bruce Arena for the do-or-die games.