Dave Sarachan has USMNT contract extended through the end of the year

Dave Sarachan, 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.

The move 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."
23 comments about "Dave Sarachan has USMNT contract extended through the end of the year".
  1. frank schoon, June 28, 2018 at 4:59 p.m.

    Oh, I'm so relieved <sarc>

  2. Bob Ashpole, June 28, 2018 at 5:44 p.m.

    I suppose the next USSF announcement will be another contract extension.

  3. frank schoon replied, June 28, 2018 at 7:17 p.m.

    How Cordeiro has handled this situation is an absolute joke. It's an embarassment that we haven't got a coach as yet....soooo many months. This situation would never happen anywhere else in the world. The flagship of soccer is just treading water...

  4. Ginger Peeler, June 29, 2018 at 11:10 a.m.

    This post specifically says it “doesn’t preclude the hiring of a new head coach before the end of the year”. No doubt Ernie has feelers out to some coaches who may be neck deep in the World Cup at this moment where everybody’s going to wait and see what shakes out. So, for now, we have a stopgap contingency. There should be some very good coaches available within our price range when the Cup is over. We already know that we want a team with technically skilled players who can be physical, too; guys who “think soccer” but still have the “never give up” attitude that we equate with USA teams. And we want a coach who really believes in his players and whose players believe their coach can take them to new heights. Not much to ask for, is it?  We’ve got some good friendlies coming up in September....perhaps we’ll have our new coach by then. If not, keeping Sarachan and the assistants on for a bit longer gives the team a sense of stability. 

  5. frank schoon replied, June 29, 2018 at 11:47 a.m.

    GINGER, You mean to tell me their are no other capable coaches to pick from in the world other than that bunch that are currently at the world cup..PLEAZE!!!

  6. Ric Fonseca replied, June 29, 2018 at 2:52 p.m.

    Ginger, thanks for your very insightful comments, as I for one, certainly appreciate them! As for our other commentaror-colleagues, it seems to me that whilst I agree to some degree, e.g. frank schoon's notes, he seems to be throwing out the baby with the batchwater, yet on the other hand, I am not too fond of the contract extension.  Whether there are "no other capable coaches to pick from in the world... (sic)" I find this rather specious and a bit sophomoric. Also, someone a while back, I believe it was PG, called the new US Soccer Prez a "ghost" prez, and for him to say he'd first appoint the GM - Earnie Stewart -who in turn would then select the new HC (at least that is my understanding, though with the blessing of the Exec Committee, and other US Soccer big shots) well, it is a hard sell.  That Coach DS is angling and politicking for the job, fine and dandy, and that Cordeiro and Stewart are waiting until after the WC, is understandable.  Heck, didn't Gulati play his cards very close to his vest and then hired JK only to thereafter appoint him to oversee the entire player development programs, and yet we bemoan what happened with this SG process, we got Coach Brucie and look what happened then? We're watching the games from home.  And YES, Ginger, your closing sentences are very spot on and right on the money!

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, June 29, 2018 at 3:07 p.m.

    Ginger, stability is not what the MNT program needs. The longer we stay with an interim coach, the farther behind our program will drop.

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, June 29, 2018 at 3:11 p.m.

    Ric, the GM shares responsibility for the hiring process with other middle managers, but has no authority to do more than make a recommendation to the bosses who run everything. They waited on the GM just so the new GM would be involved in the hiring process, not make the decision himself.

  9. frank schoon replied, June 29, 2018 at 3:57 p.m.

    Ric, You think my statement <no other capable coaches to pick from in the world."> is a bit sophomoric or specious. In light of that we have now a "care taker" for how long now? and to think we have to wait till after the World Cup to see which coach is available before we can make a decision. What is so special about these world cup coaches that is going to make our program viable. Considering we are treading water doing nothing ALL THESE WASTED MONTHS having no coach that could give us direction as to where to go, wasting all this time which could have been employed very productively in building and improving our program, I find it scandalous to exhibit an attitude of "oh ,we'll wait after the world cup to pick a coach who is currently involved at the wc, and meanwhile we'll pick our noses". That is why I ask, we have to wait for what happens at the wc when there are plenty of good/great coaches in the world who are not at the world cup , that can help our program. All this time wasted in starting our program. THIS IS NO WAY TO  RUN A BUSINESS...

  10. Ginger Peeler replied, June 29, 2018 at 11:07 p.m.

    Frank, you still ignored the doesn’t preclude the hiring of a new head coach” quote from my original comment.  I imagine Ernie is looking at multiple candidates, including coaches involved in World Cup. There was nothing in the statement released about the extension of the contract that indicated we will be required to wait until the Cup is over. You jumped to false conclusions without cause. I think we’ll all be happier after a coach is finally chosen. That’s just common sense. By the way, Slim Pickens was a movie star who rode the bomb in the Dr Strangelove move. You mentioned him in a previous post. I think you meant “slim pickings”?

  11. s fatschel replied, June 29, 2018 at 11:25 p.m.

    Your spot on Ginger. Better to get it right this time. Sarachan, Stewart and Ramos should be just fine until then.  

  12. Bob Ashpole replied, June 30, 2018 at 1:29 a.m.

    Ginger, USSF announced that they were waiting until after the cup to hire a coach. The process is on hold now, although everybody assumes that the new GM will be working on USSF business before he actually starts on 1 August.

  13. frank schoon replied, June 30, 2018 at 7:22 a.m.

    Ginger, Bob's statement says it all < The longer we stay with an interim coach, the farther behind our program will drop.">. That is in a nutshell of what I'm trying to say or rather convey without even including the very fact that the USSF has been dragging their feet from day one (how many months now?) is inexcusable. I didn't ignore your quotedoesn’t preclude the hiring of a new head coach”,for  that should be self evident for the USSF would be remiss in its duties of not being able to drop Sarachan for a MUCH BETTER alternative.
    What would have happened if Sarachan stated that he wasn't available from the beginning, then we would have really been hard pressed to find a new coach and maybe  we would have had one by now, who knows. But instead we laid back because we had someone to fall back on who will not play a part in the future plans of US soccer. 
    And since Earney has an advisory role in picken a new coach, this process of picken a new coach likewise could have been done way before Earney came on board and way before the WC is finished . For the longer we wait ,like Bob states, the further we fall behind.There was really no need to wait till after the WC for there are plenty of great coaches  who could have been asked. 

  14. Ginger Peeler, June 29, 2018 at 11:10 p.m.

    Dr Strangelove movie....

  15. frank schoon replied, June 30, 2018 at 7:25 a.m.

    meant to say picking a new coach, not picken a new coach...
    I saw the movie when I was in High School

  16. s fatschel, June 30, 2018 at 8:49 a.m.

    Seems like alot of drama over nothing. Maybe helpful if someone can quantify exactly how much the USMNT will lose in the next two weeks or even worst case this fall.  Ramos and others can still make changes youth development ( if they think it's needed) regardless of head coach.

  17. Bob Ashpole replied, June 30, 2018 at 2:41 p.m.

    We failed to qualify last October. That is eight months ago. The new GM doesn't start until August so another two months already lost. That is ten months lost if the USSF acts quickly after 1 August. USSF manages by committee now. That is inherently slow.

  18. Bob Ashpole replied, June 30, 2018 at 2:43 p.m.

    By the way, the next MNT coach will have nothing to say about youth development. They reorganized. JK wore 2 hats, MNT coach and USSF Technical Director. The reorganization changed that.

  19. s fatschel replied, June 30, 2018 at 3:14 p.m.

    10 months is nonsense and a poor metric as the MNT team has been playing.  Most are now on usual holiday will be again with clubs in August and back to MNT friendlies in the fall. So how many training sessions and games missed? Your second comment is exactly what said I about Ramos...very odd.

  20. Bob Ashpole replied, June 30, 2018 at 7:02 p.m.

    You think the MNT team coach only works during camps and matches?

  21. s fatschel replied, June 30, 2018 at 7:44 p.m.

    Another good metric for you to answer, since your complaining. How much less is Sarachan working than a permanent coach. I bet not much.

  22. Ronnie L, June 30, 2018 at 3:01 p.m.

    I'm really sick and tired of American soccer. And this is coming from a guy who has been since day one with MLS, A-LEAGUE, USL and all those leagues. I'm just tired of the money-first mentality and the ignorance about the game of soccer. Now I'm starting to understand why so many Americans are Eurosnobs. 

  23. Bob Ashpole replied, June 30, 2018 at 10:05 p.m.

    Ronnie, I empathize with your point. Coaches have more satisfaction than fans because they all to a greater or lesser extent are coaching for the kids, not for USSF and its organizations or even for the clubs or the kid's parents. Coaching kids is still rewarding regardless of what is happening at USSF, MLS, etc.

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