Speaking of the 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, which sealed the U.S.' fate, Arena ruminated on Trinidad and Tobago's "bizarre" goals but said he has no excuses for his team's failure to qualify.
This day may forever go down as the darkest day in U.S. Soccer history. No, The Outlaws don't have an official say in the matter, but the fan group played a major role in the growth of US soccer this past decade.
India-born American Gulati, 58, has been the US Soccer Federation president since 2006 but new elections are in February and a call for new leadership has been swift and loud from fans and media commentators. That may be hard to change - the sports systems of France and Germany are the way they are because the countries are social democracies, with strong state funding of sports and recreation at all levels.
"There's nothing wrong with what we're doing", Arena said after the humiliating elimination.
USSF chief Sunil Gulati, who is standing for re-election next year and could face a potential challenge, argued against a knee-jerk response to the humbling exit, while acknowledging his own "extreme disappointment". The Americans won't even play a competitive match for almost two years, until the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Still, the national team peaked with its quarterfinal appearance at the 2002 World Cup.
By then, Christian Pulisic, at 19 already the top American, should be surrounded with other players on the rise, such as 19-year-old midfielder Weston Mckennie, who has started Schalke's last three games in the German Bundesliga. But here's the thing: The US isn't that great at soccer.
"You don't make wholesale changes based on the ball being two inches wide or two inches in".
The 66-year-old, who previously coached the usa from 1998 to 2006, took over following the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann in November. However, with the United States on the verge of winning the rights to co-host the 2026 World Cup, it's unlikely the powers that will demand change, despite the prevailing opinion among U.S. soccer fans. They haven't received almost the same financial investment from U.S. Soccer or comparable media coverage, and they managed to win four Olympic gold medals. As a nonprofit organization that exists to support soccer at all levels in the U.S., USSF should follow the lead recently taken by Norway and move toward equal pay and equal bonus structures for women and men on the national teams.
It's not just the senior national team.
Club soccer teams price out poor families during the crucial development years.
Bruce Arena was brought in late previous year to replace Jurgen Klinsmann and was given one challenging yet attainable task: Qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. With the women's World Cup in France coming up in 2019, there is an opportunity to pursue gender equality and soccer growth at the same time.
"They are a governing body that runs our national team programs". "To make any kind of insane changes would be foolish". Perhaps now the men's team will finally come to terms with the fact that being just good or decent enough isn't an option any longer. "If the officiating is right, probably half of those [Panamanian] guys aren't even playing in that game because of what they did to us on Friday".