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Bruce Arena: 'We need to have new leadership'
AP, March 27th, 2012 5:35PM

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The U.S. U-23 men failing to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games comes on the heels of the U-20 men's national team failing to qualify for the U-20 World Cup.

Ronald Blum checked in with Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, who coached the U.S. Olympic team in 1996 and the full national team in 1998-2006.

“We need to have new leadership, a fresh way of doing things,” Arena said. “Usually it’s a new coach. But maybe it’s time for new leadership and new concepts as well. Who knows? But I think we’re making progress, regardless of this result.”

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said, "Obviously last night is a huge disappointment on many levels and for everyone involved. We’ve been very successful over the last 36 years in being at most of the Olympic games on the men’s side, so it’s a big setback.”

Gulati became USSF president in 2006 and replaced Arena after the Americans crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage. Arena had guided the USA to the quarterfinals in 2002.

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4 comments
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: March 27, 2012 at 6:51 p.m.
    Bruce is right and we have to start with the US Soccer Federation President.What has he gotten right since 2006?

  1. Paolo Jacobs
    commented on: March 27, 2012 at 7:45 p.m.
    Caleb Porter was not the right choice obivously, but even he could't make up for a lack of talent on Defense.... We were a top heavy team. Entertaining skillful attacking players up front but woeful Defenders and questionable Goalkeeping.. Kitchen, Villafana, Valentin, were over their heads...Ike has the phyiscal traits, but needs more seasoning...Its hard to believe we couldn't qualify in our own regions tournament held on our Soil! Disgraceful.. Blame has to go around all the way to the top... Hopefully, we can indentify new defensive talent commin up and get them overseas in Europe( ala Tim Ream) where they can bolster our future National Team

  1. Paolo Jacobs
    commented on: March 27, 2012 at 7:48 p.m.
    I would also like to say,instead of bein so negative, it was a pleasure seeing talented players like Joe Corona( who did so well) and Joe gyau who was so underused... but holds great promise...Even Freddy Adu had some great moments in the El salvador game... Hopefully we can hold onto Joe Corona

  1. Gak Foodsource
    commented on: March 28, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.
    Bold and welcomed words from Arena. Gulati has been at the top of US soccer for years, running unopposed in his most recent election for President. He has consolidated his power around a few select people and prevented anyone or anything new, fresh, inspired in years. Klinsmann was only hired because he beat Guati at poker. We absolutely need change at the top. Too bad the USSF structure is so archaic that you have to represent on of the chosen committees to run ( all of which are staffed with Gulati's men, by the way.)


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