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USMNT coach Bruce Arena calls World Cup qualifying elimination 'a blemish'

13 Октября, 2017, 16:32 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Watch Taylor Twellman's passionate rant after US men fail to qualify for World Cup

"It's a dark day", Donovan, who recently retired from the sport, said in a phone interview. One goal, an equalizer against the weakest opposition in the qualifying group, and the USMNT would have been off to next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Bruce Arena's boys lost their crucial qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago last night and their 2-1 slump saw former U.S. global and now a TV pundit Taylor Twellman lay into the entire soccer system in the country.

Donovan, who last played for the national team in 2014, amassed 57 goals and 58 assists (both team records) in an worldwide career that spanned 157 appearances and included three World Cups before his surprising omission from the 2014 tournament by Jurgen Klinsmann, then the team's coach. Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked and replaced with Bruce Arena, which sparked the team for a while. Their options have been limited by the national program's struggles to develop anything resembling a next generation to supplant mainstays such as Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Tim Howard. "Is it going to rain?' For me, the minds of the players and the federation wasn't on the game, but it was more about whether the field was going to be ready to play the kind of style that they wanted to play". This was not supposed to be the case.

Ladies and gentlemen, the United States Men's National Team is a joke. 'You don't deserve to go to the World Cup'. Wood and Yedlin are both 24; Pulisic, of course, is the 19-year-old wunderkind who moved to Germany as a 16-year-old to join perennial Bundesliga power Borussia Dortmund and ensure that his development would take place in a soccer incubator of unquestioned and elevated reliability. "I think we're past those days where that should happen".

And they should be more than devastated, more than embarrassed, then anyone else. There's no easy answer to that.

"There's an arrogance in our sport that I don't understand", Twellman said, explaining that American arrogance in American football, baseball, basketball and hockey is fine because the US has the best leagues in those sports. That's not enough. CONCACAF has gotten stronger, partly because some of its best players now sharpen their skills in Major League Soccer. As former members of the USA national team, you have every right to be angry.

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Twellman was a bit more reserved after having gotten, in his words, about 90 minutes of sleep, but his points were just as poignant, calling out arrogance as the reason the US failed to qualify. "So, yes, it's absolutely surprising things seemed to have regressed at the highest end of the game".

Arena, whose contract runs out in July, did not resume his role with U.S. Soccer under the best circumstances last November.

World-class baseball, football and basketball players are developed at the high school level, so why can't it happen in soccer? We are spoiled here in the USA and have multiple sports and activities that we are good at. To make any kind of insane changes, I think would be foolish. Maybe this will be a wake-up call and U.S. Soccer can look deep into developing the best youth of the country. They have let soccer fans in the United States down so enormously I can't even put it into words. "It's not about that".

"There needs to be a passion for it to develop".

Of course, there must be reevaluation, critique and accountability when the United States of America fails to reach a World Cup. Such a turnaround is unimaginable for most American fans. "Candidly, it was really hard to watch".

"We certainly expected to qualify throughout the process.so it's a huge disappointment for everybody - the players, the staff, the coaches, for the federation".

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