Five names in the frame to replace Bruce Arena at the United States

Colin Millar by Colin Millar / 16 October 2017, 16:53

With Bruce Arena‘s resignation following the failure of the United States to reach next year’s World Cup in Russia, @Millar_Colin looks at five possible replacements for the post.

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Tab Ramos

The Uruguayan-born Ramos appeared in World Cups for the US as a midfielder and for the past six years has coached the Under-20 side.

Instilled as interim appointment following Arena’s departure, the 51-year-old has confirmed he would be interested in taking the post on a permanent basis, if offered.

In his role as Under-20 Coach and technical director he has overseen the development of a number of the current squad, most notably Newcastle United’s DeAndre Yedlin and Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic.

He would be regarded as an unspectacular but positive appointment, with the major downside being his lack of top-level coaching experience.

Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino

The Argentine managed Barcelona for the 2013/14 campaign before taking over the reins at his native country, whom he led to the 2015 Copa America final.

Also enjoyed success with Paraguay, whom he guided to the 2010 World Cup quarter finals and the Copa America showpiece the following year.

Regarded as playing a high-pressing, high-tempo style of play, he is currently coaching MLS side Atlanta United, whom were only formed three years ago.

To date his side have impressed and his increased understanding of MLS players alongside experience outside of the nation could prove a winning combination.

Greg Vanney

The former defender spent eleven years playing for the US national side before turning his hand to coaching.

Firstly an Academy Director at Real Salt Lake then assistant at Chivas USA, Vanney worked his way up with patience in the coaching world before taking the number one job at Toronto FC in 2015.

The 43-year-old has led the club to two Canadian Championships and to the 2016 MLS final, and has built a team regarded as one of the continent’s best and this week won the Supporters’ Shield - awarded to the club with the best regular-season record.

David Wagner

Wagner is half-American, half-German and has made waves at Huddersfield Town, whom he saved from Championship relegation before leading them to an improbable promotion to the top flight on a small budget the following year.

He played nine times for the US between 1996 and 1998 while as manager of Borussia Dortmund’s reserves he oversaw Pulisic’s development.

Lack of MLS knowledge and that he is already in a steady job in an attractive league makes him somewhat of an outsider, but his credentials are positive.

Patrick Vieira

Parick Vieira won the 1998 World Cup with France and reached the final eight years later, while he is impressing in his early managerial career at New York City.

Enjoyed success with the Manchester City youth side before moving onto the MLS side, whom he has led to back-to-back postseason appearances.

Has previously said the USMNT post would be ‘exciting’ and he is ‘flattered’ to be linked, although he is unlikely to leave the club management scene as things stand, especially given his latest comments:

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