Bruce Arena stepped down as coach of the U.S. men’s national team on Friday just days after his side failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“It is the greatest privilege for any coach to manage their country’s National Team, and as I leave that role today I am honoured and grateful to have had that opportunity twice in my career,” Arena said in a statement.
“When I took the job last November, I knew there was a great challenge ahead, probably more than most people could appreciate. Everyone involved in the program gave everything they had for the last 11 months and, in the end, we came up short. No excuses. We didn’t get the job done, and I accept responsibility.”
The United States had been among seven countries to participate in every World Cup since 1990.
But a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, coupled with wins by Honduras and Panama, meant the Americans finished fifth in CONCACAF qualifying, and were officially eliminated from World Cup contention.
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