Heads will roll like soccer balls. That’s the assumption after the unthinkable result in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, where the host shocked Team USA, 2-1.
Thus the Americans under retread coach Bruce Arena will miss the FIFA World Cup next summer in Russia.
Arena is probably ruing the day — Nov. 22, 2016 — when he left the LA Galaxy soccer club as head coach and general manager.
“The LA Galaxy had a choice to make and felt that this decision was in the best interest of the club, for Bruce and for the betterment of soccer in the United States,” LA Galaxy President Chris Klein said in November. “We have been incredibly fortunate to have Bruce coach this team over the past eight years and will greatly miss him.”
(Might they take him back?)
Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer, “said he would make no decisions about the future of the program in the immediate aftermath of the defeat — ‘that’s for tomorrow, he said — and he declined to say whether Arena would coach the team through the end of his contract, which extends through the end of the 2018 World Cup,” The New York Times reported.
The fan reaction was predictable to Tuesday’s loss. Out came the C-word: chokers.