U.S. Soccer and Sunil Gulati made the huge decision to fire Jurgen Klinsmann from his manager and technical director roles on Monday. Now the question becomes, who will replace him as the USMNT continues on in the Hex?
All signs are currently pointing to former USMNT manager Bruce Arena taking over at least on an interim basis. Several well-known reporters have said as much:
I'm told that negotiations are ongoing with Klinsmann's successor. All signs pointing to Arena. #usmnt— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) November 21, 2016
Bruce Arena likely to be the interim coach; he feels he has unfinished business with USMNT, but details still being worked out.— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) November 21, 2016
It seems very likely that Arena would take over until this cycle is complete until U.S. Soccer can do their due diligence to find their next long-term manager.
Arena, 65, led the USMNT to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea/Japan. The next cycle, the team was ousted after a disappointing group display and Arena was replaced by Bob Bradley a year later.
There are apparently still many details to be worked out between the federation and Arena, but it appears as if it’s a done deal. Stay tuned for more details...