Friday, July 14, 2006

Thanks, Bruce.

Well, you heard it here 27th. Bruce Arena is out as US coach. - his contract wasn't renewed.
I have a feeling this was all pre-decided, but I have respect for Gulati.

I'll take your questions now.

Is this because he failed to get out of the first round ?
Mostly, yes.

Are you surprised ?

If we beat Ghana, would Bruce still be here ?
I think so, yes.

So, why was Bruce one bad PK call away from being retained ?
Sports are a funny thing. When good things happen, we overlook a lot. Conversely, when bad things happen, we review a lot.

Klinsmann ?
There's a chance.

Are you sad to see him go ?
This isn't like the ending of "Cheers". 8 years is a very long time. Bruce will be OK. He's a smart guy. It's soccer. Bruce was a great - great coach, but his time to go had arrived. Fresh blood is a good thing in international soccer.