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Bruce Arena hints at exit clause in United States soccer contract

Bruce Arena hints at exit clause in United States soccer contract

And that's a shame.

Twellman also rejected the notion that the United States had a hard road to qualify in CONCACAF, the North American soccer federation, which is something Arena previously suggested before Tuesday's loss.

Despite the men failing to give their fans the opportunity to see them play on the biggest stage, the US can now put all their hopes in the women's team, who will likely make the 2019 Women's World Cup, after winning the event in 2015.

Yet, Gulati remains at the post he has held since 2006.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is also likely on the hot seat, but like Arena, he does not feel major changes are needed.

The U.S. has missed the World Cup for the first time since 1986, when few in the world would have batted an eye if the Americans finished behind Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras.

The team was greeted by soggy conditions for training on Monday, with some players forced to wade through ankle-deep water to get to the field, while others received piggyback rides from members of the usa support staff.

"As a whole, USA soccer is just not prepared", Twellman said.

However Donna E. Shalala - one of 17 directors of governing body US Soccer - has called the failure "unacceptable" and said it is "time for a revolution". The Tim Howard/Clint Dempsey/Michael Bradley era is over, and pretty much any player older than 26 will be past his past his prime when the World Cup in Qatar kicks off in November 2022. "But that's CONCACAF. It's all part of the exercise".

Tuesday night's loss to Trinidad and Tobago marked one of the darkest days in United States of America soccer history.

Nonetheless, it would be shortsighted to view the US failure in the Hex by focusing mainly on the last defeat.

One thing to keep in mind as we cope with the disappointment of missing the 2018 World Cup and point out all the problems with youth soccer is that, traditionally, U.S. Soccer played a limited role in the youth game. As Klinsmann pointed out often, MLS talent can not carry the national team. "Players play in clubs", said Arena, who won five MLS Cups during spells in charge of DC United and LA Galaxy.

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While fans fulminated over the front office, the next national team coach must instigate a ruthless roster purge.

A challenge that comes with qualifying matches is that they are played in teams' home stadiums.

Compare those numbers to the 2016 MLS Cup, which was the most watched championship in league history.

Still, the national team peaked with its quarterfinal appearance at the 2002 World Cup. A dark day for American soccer.

The pay to play system hasn't derailed the women's program because America has been at the forefront of encouraging and supporting female athletes.

Twellman did not blame Arena specifically, instead emphasizing that all of U.S. Soccer is at fault.

U.S. Soccer can solve some problems in American soccer, but not all and not all at once.

Club soccer teams price out poor families during the crucial development years.

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. "I think it's just kind of been building up", former US defender Marcelo Balboa said Wednesday.

In a country where soccer is still the third or fourth most popular sport, the least U.S. Soccer should do is truly cast a net over the entire soccer community in this country.

It may have turned out to be a longer-term project than we had wished, but not all the factors are under U.S. Soccer's control.

Insight on local and national sports from columnist Jose de Jesus Ortiz.