FRISCO - It’s been a week for the U.S. Soccer. The men’s national team lost to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, eliminating the U.S. from contention for the next summer’s World Cup in Russia. That led to the resignation of USMNT coach Bruce Arena on Friday morning. U.S. Soccer Fedneration’s President Sunil Gulati, remained firm to his commitment to lead the US Soccer Federation.
In a conference call Friday morning, he committed to making the program competitve at the highest level.
“[We are doing] everything we can to get the team and the program and all of our teams back on track so that we are successful.”
“None of us is happy about not going, the one thing this has reconfirmed obviously is that the passion, support we have for the team has grown tremendously, and we are all very disappointed,” Gulati said.
“We are not always going to be successful that’s for sure, but this a big shock to the system. We understand that and we understand how much frustration, anger, disappointment, hurt there is from Tuesday night.”
Reflecting on possible internal changes moving forward, Gulati said:
“We will look at everything from our player development programs, to our coaching to our refereeing, to our facilities, to the pay-to-play model, to the role of education and universities, all of those things and where we need to make major changes, we will do that.”
At this time, U.S. Soccer is not prepared to name any names in contention with the vacancy spot for USMNT Men’s coach.