Bruce Arena meets with Germany-based U.S. players, set to decide coaching staff

Ted S. Warren

Recently re-hired U.S. coach Bruce Arena isn’t wasting any time back on the job.

Arena said in a conversation Tuesday night that he had good meetings with five U.S. players in Germany during his trip there: Christian Pulisic, Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler and Bobby Wood.

For anyone thinking Arena might pick fewer German-American players, he clearly has interest in Johnson, Brooks and Chandler. Also, look for an announcement on Arena’s U.S. coaching staff sometime in the next week. It will likely not include Tab Ramos, who will stay on as the U.S. Under-20 coach and youth technical director. The staff will most likely be comprised of assistants Arena had last season with the LA Galaxy. Those assistants were Pat Noonan, Kenny Arena (his son) and goalkeeper coach Matt Reis.

Finally, Arena has moved to terminate the contract between the national team and Exos, formerly Athletes Performance, which was closely associated with Jurgen Klinsmann.

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