Bruce Arena resigns as United States head coach

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 13 October 2017, 16:39

As expected Bruce Arena has resigned from his post in charge of the United States national team, following in the footsteps of another international manager in Gordon Strachan, who left Scotland on Thursday.

Arena’s decision to pull the plug will surprise few given the country’s catastrophic failure to book their place at the 2018 World Cup following a disastrous qualification campaign.

The US headed into their final game against rock-bottom Trinidad & Tobago needing only a point to secure an automatic spot in the CONCACAF qualifying zone.

However, they inexplicably lost to a side that had previously been defeated in all but one of their nine games, slipping to a 2-1 defeat, while Honduras and Panama bagged shock wins at home to Mexico and Costa Rica respectively.

Both the players and coach Arena were lambasted in the aftermath of the defeat as the country tried to come to terms with missing out on their first World Cup since Mexico 1986 - the effects of which could be crushing as Colin Millar touched upon here.

It’s a devastatingly disappointing end for Arena who previously enjoyed great success with his homeland between 1998 and 2006, winning two Gold Cups (he later lifted a third earlier this year), while he oversaw two World Cup campaigns - reaching the highs of the quarter-finals in 2002.

In total over his two spells as head coach Arena won 81, drew 32 and lost 35 of his 148 matches at the helm.

In a statement Arena said:

"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.”

Before going on to say:

"I don't know what the future holds for me, but I can say this from the bottom of my heart: from the high of reaching the Quarterfinal of the 2002 World Cup to the low of a few days ago, I have appreciated every minute of being a part of this program."

(Courtesy of ESPN)

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