US Soccer confirmed something that we all knew. Bruce Arena's USMNT coaching staff will look a lot like his LA Galaxy coaching staff. Dave Sarachan, Pat Noonan, Kenny Arena, and Matt Reis are now officially part of team Arena. The head coach made a good point in why he went with the familiar.
“The entire staff has a great amount of playing and coaching experience both at the international and professional level,” Arena said in a press statement. “With the need to hit the ground running, it’s even more critical that we have a staff that knows the player pool, shares a philosophy on how we approach the game, and has knowledge and experience in the international arena. In different ways this group ticks all those boxes, and we are already hard at work getting ready for the January Camp and the World Cup Qualifiers in March.”
If this sounds a little like what Mexico did when they relied on Club America coach Miguel Herrera to salvage their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, it's not surprising. Though nobody in USMNT circles should be pressing the panic button yet, the finger should be moving in that direction. This campaign already cost a USMNT coach his job. There's no sense in trying anything new in pursuit of qualifying points in CONCACAF.
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