NEW YORK -- The coach of the U.S. men's soccer team has resigned after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in more than 30 years. Bruce Arena released a statement Friday saying he was stepping down from the post, which he has held for just under a year, CBS Sports reports. "It is the greatest privilege for any coach to manage their country's National Team, and as I leave that role today, I am honored and grateful to have had that opportunity twice in my career," Arena said. The U.S. men's team (USMNT) lost on Tuesday at Trinidad and Tobago and finished fifth in its group. The last time the U.S. men's team failed to make the World Cup was in 1986. Arena took over the team late last year and helped get the team's World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with impressive results, including a 1-1 draw against Mexico and important wins against Honduras, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago at home. But losses at home to Costa Rica and ultimately at … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Bruce Arena resigns as U.S. men’s soccer coach after team fails to qualify for World Cup
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The United States Men's National Team has arguably the hardest road to World Cup success in Brazil of any of the 32 teams taking part in the tournament, despite being ranked 14th in the world by FIFA as of May 2014. It's just the luck of the draw at the world's biggest sporting event. Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann told the media last year after FIFA revealed the Americans' brutal path forward for the world's biggest sporting event: "It's a real challenge and we'll take it." If the Americans hope to do anything in Brazil, it's precisely that moxie they'll require. Below is a breakdown of what they need to overcome. TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES The U.S. men have to travel farther once in Brazil to play their matches than any other team. It's estimated the USMNT could log 11,500 miles from their base camp in Sao Paulo in a 10-day span just to play their games - which, by the way, will all take place in the sweltering tropics under the second-highest average temperature per city of any other … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo World Cup 2014: Does Team USA stand a chance?
We are a nation of 323 million people, and among all of those candidates we can’t find 29 players good enough to make a field of 32 teams. So fill up now on Americans competing against the world’s best in international competition because the next time a sport takes over the world will be this summer and the U.S. won’t be there. Regardless of what you think of the sport of soccer in the U.S., there is something terribly broken in a system that prints money and does not net a World Cup qualifier, whereas countries such as Mexico and others routinely do. Maybe this is why Trump wants the wall. Moms and dads continue to pay for it, and the big loser in this system remains the national team. Four months have passed since the U.S. men’s national team failed to qualify for the World Cup, and it remains one of the most embarrassing developments for an American sports team this century. “Fire everybody” fits here. Know this, despite the humiliation of the … [Read more...] about Mexico in World Cup without USA is a scathing indictment
The USMNT's failure to reach the 2018 World Cup has been dissected ad nauseam. Needing only a draw to reach the World Cup, the USMNT fell 2-1 at last-place Trinidad and Tobago while getting absolutely no help across CONCACAF.Much of the blame was deservedly placed on Bruce Arena who was hired at Jurgen Klinsmann's replacement with the sole purpose of getting the U.S. to qualify for Russia.When the team failed to do so, players who were overlooked by Arena were quick to speak out. And in a Wednesday feature from The New York Times, USMNT defender Geoff Cameron ripped Arena's flawed management during qualifying.He said via The New York Times:"Bruce Arena made decisions that cost us going to the World Cup. And I don't have a problem saying it, because we had the right group of guys."He also added that the USMNT would have reached the World Cup had Klinsmann been retained.Cameron, who plays for Stoke City in the English Premier League, was curiously benched for the final round of … [Read more...] about USMNT player blames Bruce Arena for World Cup failure
Steven Goff, The Washington Post Published 4:42 pm, Sunday, January 21, 2018 PHILADELPHIA - What in the name of Cristiano Ronaldo would prompt Kyle Martino to run for the unpaid position of president of the U.S. Soccer Federation? By all accounts, the former University of Virginia midfielder and MLS rookie of the year was living the dream: The only American on-air personality in NBC Sports' coverage of England's Premier League; husband to former actress Eva Amurri, son-in-law to Hollywood star Susan Sarandon, father to two adorable children and owner of that hair, that impossibly perfect hair, which has spawned a video feature and social media parody account. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Sinkhole discovered on the West Side 21 Pro Video Timelapse shows icy cold front moving into San Antonio Courtesy AJ Pena SAPD: 2 ejected during rollover crash on U.S. 90 San Antonio Express-News Overnight in S.A. metro, Jan 17-18 San Antonio Express-News … [Read more...] about Kyle Martino lost sleep over USMNT missing the World Cup and decided to make a bold move