USMNT fails to qualify for 2018 World Cup following 1-2 defeat at Trinidad & Tobago
Bruce Arena should have never been hired, but it isn’t too late for him to resign.
“Nothing has to change…” – Bruce Arena
There is a precedent for national team managers stepping down after embarrassing their nation. Just last month, Cameroon manager Hugo Broos resigned just hours following a 4-0 loss to Nigeria. Juan Antonio Pizzi has already announced his resignation after Chile failed to qualify due to their 3-0 loss to Brazil on Tuesday. And yet Bruce Arena remains employed.
During his post-match press conference, Arena took blame for the loss but gave no indication that he plans to step-down.
“I think it’s disappointing. It’s a blemish for us. We should not be staying home for this World Cup. I take responsibility for that.”
“There’s nothing wrong with what we’re doing. Certainly as our league grows, it advances the national team program. We have some good young players com[ing] up. Nothing has to change. To make any kind of crazy changes I think would be foolish. We’re building a good system in our professional league. We have players playing abroad of some quality.”
Arena continues to serve as the mouth-piece that Major League Soccer & Don Garber need from US Soccer. Jürgen Klinsmann was an outspoken critic of the league and the US soccer pyramid as a whole, and those beliefs played a major part in his 2016 departure. While Klinsmann was encouraging the national pool to play its professional soccer in Europe, MLS was executing a strategy to bring them all back home. Klinsmann’s criticism was scene as a threat to the league’s bottom line & the status quo established under USSF President Sunil Gulati.