The USMNT has missed the 2018 World Cup because of bad coaching decisions and players performing below their talent level. Previous coach Jurgen Klinsmann did not have the US on tract to qualify for the World Cup after home losses to Mexico and Costa Rica. The USMNT is an end product, not a development platform, and can not solve any of U.S. Soccer's larger problems.
Despite Christian Pulisic getting an early second half goal to cut the lead in half, this United States team was awful and totally undeserving of qualifying for the World Cup after the sorry excuse they called a game last night.
Twellman did not blame Arena specifically, instead emphasizing that all of U.S. Soccer is at fault. The U.S. national team players in MLS are marketed as the faces of the league, to sell tickets, as stars to promote the game in the United States.
Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama are the three teams from the Concacaf region that have qualified directly for the World Cup while Honduras finished off in fourth place on the standings and will play in a two legged playoff against Australia for a place in the World Cup next year. [T&T] played nearly the same team that played against Mexico on Friday, so there's no difference. While Kreis has more postseason success, he's six years younger than Vermes and may get his chance at the USMNT at a later date.
Needing only a tie to stay in the running for a World Cup berth, a listless usa team scored an own goal, went down 2-0 by halftime, and never looked like a team fighting for its World Cup life. "You can say I could've played this guy, that guy, and then you'd come back the next day if we had lost and said, 'Why did you make those changes and play those guys?'"
As you might have heard by now since American soccer Twitter melted down on Tuesday night, that 1-in-27 scenario played out in nightmarish fashion. The Americans went 2-0-2 in the first four qualifiers under Arena, including a 1-1 draw at Mexico, but earned just one point from the two matches in September. US Soccer has eight licenses one must undergo if they want to be a top level manager. "Players play in clubs", Arena told the Post.
However, the veteran coach in his second stint with the U.S. National Team stopped short of offering any changes and even insisted that 'there's nothing wrong with what we're doing'. They support the clubs in this country, they support player development, but that's not their responsibility. 'We'll look at everything, obviously, and all our programs, both the national team and all the development stuff'.
For one thing, US Soccer has been bragging about this $100 million surplus they have obtained and while this isn't as sexy as a brand new headquarters in Los Angeles, I would spend a portion of the money on making it free to take coaching classes and obtain licenses and hire more scouts. All of that has to get better, but the infrastructure now for player development in the United States is set. As will both Iran and South Korea, assuming they still exist next year.
Gulati and Arena's comments are unlikely to satisfy their critics however, many of whom feel that former manager Klinsmann was treated harshly when he was sacked after two losses a year ago. But at the same time, "pay for play" is likely here to stay because it's so entrenched in our American system so how do we work around that and improve?