LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is expected to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as manager of the U.S. men's national soccer team, according to SI's Grant Wahl and multiple reports. The announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is slated to hold a conference call with the media Tuesday afternoon to discuss the direction of the national team following Klinsmann's departure.
Arena served as the U.S. head coach from 1998 to 2006. He led the United States to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals–the nation's best finish ever–but he also oversaw the USA's elimination in the group stage of the 2006 tournament. Arena, 65, has been manager of the Galaxy since 2008, winning three MLS Cups with the club (2011, 2012, 2014). He also won the first two MLS Cups as manager of D.C. United in 1996 and 1997.
Klinsmann was the U.S. manager since 2011, taking over for the ousted Bob Bradley. The decision to dismiss Klinsmann came less than a week after the U.S. suffered a 4–0 loss to Costa Rica and dropped to 0–2–0 in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The U.S. did win the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title under Klinsmann and reached the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, making it out of a difficult group that featured Germany, Portugal and Ghana before falling to extra time against Belgium.
The United States will resume its World Cup qualifying run in March, hosting Honduras on March 24 and then traveling to Panama on March 28.
This marks the first time the U.S. has changed coaches in the middle of a qualifying cycle since 1989.