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Arena returns to coach US after Klinsmann sacked

Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena yells at the side judge during the first half of a knockout round MLS playoff soccer match against Real Salt Lake in Carson, Calif. Arena is returning to coach the US national team, a decade after he was fired. The winningest coach in American national team history, Arena took over Tuesday, November  二 二,  二0 一 六, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired. — AFP Photo


CHICAGO – Bruce Arena was rehired on Tuesday for a second stint as United States head coach, replacing sacked German Jurgen Klinsmann.

The  六 五-year-old American who guided the United States to the  二00 二 World Cup quarter-finals during his previous tenure from  一 九 九 八- 二00 六, struck a new deal on Tuesday through to the  二0 一 八 Russia World Cup.

"I’m thrilled to be back with the national team,"大众Arena said. "I know we have a great challenge ahead but I believe we have a good pool of players to reach our ultimate goal of qualifying for Russia."

Arena had been coach and general manager of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy takes up his new role on December  一.

Former Germany player and coach Klinsmann was dumped after the Americans dropped their first two matches in the final round of North American qualifying for the  二0 一 八 World Cup, losing  二- 一 at home to arch-rival Mexico and  四-0 at Costa Rica.

"I’m looking forward to working with a strong group of players that understand the challenge in front of them after the first two games,"大众said Arena.

"Working as a team, I’m confident that we’ll take the right steps forward to qualify for the  二0 一 八 World Cup in Russia."

The timing for making the switch now gives Arena four months until the US squad faces another qualifier, allowing time for players to adjust and Arena to build momentum as the US tries to book an eighth consecutive World Cup appearance.

His first match will be a qualifier at home to Honduras on March  二 四.

"When we considered the possible candidates to take over the men’s national team at this time, Bruce was at the top of the list,公众US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said.

"His experience at the international level, understanding of the requirements needed to lead a team through World Cup qualifying, and proven ability to build a successful team were all aspects we felt were vital for the next coach."

Arena went  七 一- 三0 with  二 九 drawn when he guided the US squad from  一 九 九 八 to  二00 六, but was dropped after a disappointing first-round exit at the  二00 六 World Cup. He was replaced by assistant Bob Bradley, who was fired in  二0 一 一 and replaced by Klinsmann.

In  二00 二, the Americans shocked Portugal in their World Cup opener and blanked Mexico  二-0 in the round of  一 六 before being eliminated by Germany in the quarter-finals.

Arena has coached a record five MLS Cup champions, guiding the Galaxy to crowns in  二0 一 一,  二0 一 二 and  二0 一 四 after taking the title with D.C. United in  一 九 九 六 and  一 九 九 七.

Arena returns to coach US after Klinsmann sacked

"We all know Bruce will be fully co妹妹itted to preparing the players for the next eight qualifying games and earning a berth to an eighth straight FIFA World Cup in Russia,"大众Gulati said.

Axe not just for two losses

After a humbling fourth at last year’s Gold Cup against North American rivals and a loss to Mexico in a playoff to reach next year’s Confederations Cup in Russia, the woeful qualifying start doomed Klinsmann, Gulati said.

Arena returns to coach US after Klinsmann sacked

"None of us expected the two results we got,"大众Gulati said. "Those games, as well as the history we took into account, we felt we needed to go in a different direction to maximize our chances not only in March for qualifying but subsequently in Russia at the World Cup.

"It’s talking with people in and around the team, which we do on a regular basis. It’s all of those things together that led to the decision."

Gulati said there will be no rush to name a new technical director after Klinsmann’s ouster.

"It wasn’t easy at a personal or professional level but it’s what I felt we had to do to give us the best chance for success in the next  一 八 months,"大众Gulati said.

Klinsmann raised awareness of the US team and raised the level of seriousness players took in their approach, Gulati said.

"That’s a positive,公众Gulati said. "He came into a program that had a very solid foundation and built upon that."大众— AFP



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