US Soccer’s New Coach

James Kim, Staff Writer

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On Monday, U.S. soccer announced that Jurgen Klinsmann would be fired. He was the head coach of the team for the past five years. This is not a surprise to many people, as the United States lost their first two opening games of the final round of regional World Cup qualifying this month. They first lost 2-1 against Mexico, which was the first time they lost a home World Cup qualifier game in 15 years. In their next lost, Costa Rica blew by them 4-0. This is the first time the United States has lost their opening two games in the final round. Klinsmann seemed to have been a cause of these losses. He has been criticized for using players out of position and for blaming his team rather than blaming his lineup and gameplans. For the first time since 1989, US Soccer has fired a coach midway through a World Cup qualifying cycle.

Klinsmann will no longer be coaching as Bruce Arena will take his spot. This is the 65-year old’s second tenure as U.S. soccer’s head coach. Hiring Arena was the safest choice as he has experience at the international level. He led the US to the 2006 and 2006 World Cups. He is also familiar with the player pool, as he has spent the last 10 years coaching in Major League Soccer.

Eight qualifying games remain and the United States is currently in last place. The team has four months to improve, as the next qualifying games are in March against Honduras and Panama. There is much at stake, and it will be interesting to see how Arena (hopefully) improves the team’s performance and lead them to Russia in 2018.

Photo Credit: Sportsvuesoccer.com

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