, who has coached the U.S. men's national team for its last six games since it was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup, had his contract extended through the end of the year.
The move to retain Sarachan and assistants Matt Reis
and Richie Williams
doesn't preclude the hiring of a new head coach before the end of the year. But with six matches scheduled
-- including matches against Brazil and Mexico in September -- the decision takes some of the pressure off new general manager Earnie Stewart
to make an immediate hire.
also gives the current staff an incentive to remain with the program and some security through the end of the year.
The USA has two wins, three ties and one defeat under Sarachan. In its
last match, the USA tied World Cup-bound France, 1-1.
Before the game, Sarachan, an assistant under Bruce Arena
, expressed to Soccer America
his interest in remaining with the program:
"I think over the years we have had guys who could have offered something and for whatever reason weren't kept on or included. There's always that outside chatter of we need new blood. I am the
first one to agree in some cases. But we need an experienced head that has been around, whether senior coach, Olympic coach. I feel very strongly that I have been at this so long I want it see it get
back on track. I think I still have gas in the tank."