Should Bruce Stay Or Should Bruce Go?
Will US Soccer want Arena to stay?
Possibly not. Fingers will be pointed at Arena tactically and preparation wise, especially after the Czech game. Key players like Keller, Pope, Reyna and McBride are all around international retirement age and it may be that a new era demands a new boss. On the other hand USSF president Sunil Gulati is pretty tight with Arena.
Will Arena want to stay?
More likely is that Arena will feel it’s time to go. Four years is a long time to wait for a chance at redemption in South Africa, and
Arena may not have the enthusiasm to go that long. He won’t want to be unemployed, but if Il Bruce gets a decent job offer either internationally or at club level, he may take it.
Will the players want Bruce to stay?
Hard to say. Seems certain players like Donovan are very pro-Bruce, but he definitely ruffled DMB’s feathers this tournament, while certain influential players like McBride may have become frustrated with the fairly negative tactics.
Will the media want Arena to stay?
Arena’s lucky in that he won’t face huge pressure from the US media, basically because they don’t care.
Will US soccer fans want Arena to stay?
I’m guessing not. There’s been a noticeable anti-Arena sentiment for a while, both in comments on this blog and elsewhere, and that will probably intensify now.
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