Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Calls abound for Gulati ouster after US World Cup failure

Calls abound for Gulati ouster after US World Cup failure

The World Cup will go on without us, but it won't be as much fun. But when it mattered most, the players looked as flat as they did during the 4-0 loss to Costa Rica that cost Klinsmann his job.

"But we will take our lumps, learn, dust ourselves off and come back strong having learned painful, but hopefully valuable, lessons in who we are and who we aren't". The Hexagonal meets "Twilight Zone".

Instead, it will be Panama, with a population of four million people, that joins Costa Rica and Mexico in Russian Federation in 2018. Panama's tying goal clearly did not cross the line. A dark day for American soccer. The U.S. men have been inconsistent for quite some time.

As the humiliation sunk in, there were calls for US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati to be jettisoned even though he is running the three-nation bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Twellman played for the Revolution from 2002-2010, scoring 101 goals.

Gulati told The New York Times after the United States match that his re-election candidacy "is not a decision for me to think about tonight", and added, "We will look at everything, obviously, all of our programs, both the national team and all the development stuff".

Ladies and gentlemen, the United States Men's National Team is a joke.

New Yorker Tyler Adams, a U-17 World Cup teammate of Pulisic's, is starting for the New York Red Bulls.

But Arena, who had a long and distinguished career as a domestic coach in the United States, said clubs need to do a better job of nurturing players.

"The US (men's team) has never come close to achieving global prominence as it should, given our country's size, resources and huge pool of athletic talent".


The recent rise of American teens into professional soccer is unprecedented, and although we don't know how many will turn into top level players who prevent another World Cup qualifying debacle, it's an encouraging trend: MLS signing teens and foreign clubs courting American youngsters like never before. It's one thing if the soccer gods do something.

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the usa men's game against Portugal garnered over 18.2 million viewers on ESPN.

Pay-to-play has been a uniquely American and significant impediment to becoming a soccer power. Every MLS club has an academy program. They support the clubs in this country, they support player development, but that's not their responsibility.

American sponsors started treating soccer like a major sport, if not at the level of the NFL, baseball and the NBA, at least as prominent as the NHL, golf and tennis.

Robinson says soccer in America is making great strides at getting better, but the US loss is upsetting for all looking forward to watching them in the World Cup. It's not on Arena, it's not on Klinsmann, it's not on the United States Soccer Federation, it's all on the players.

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.

'I would love to see one of these hotshot teams from Europe come here and play in our CONCACAF qualifying and really get a taste of this and see what that's about, ' Arena said. I'm not someone who's advocating for a clean sweep, because I think there are many good parts of U.S. Soccer.

Futsal, on which South American skillful stars are often weaned, became a part of DA programming. It takes skill and creativity, and that is more likely to be developed early in pickup games than in the hyper-organized, result-crazed world of youth soccer.

Of course, there must be reevaluation, critique and accountability when the U.S. fails to reach a World Cup.

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