Bruce Arena has been back in the job as the U.S. national team manager for less than a week and he’s jumped in head first.
Arena, 65, took charge of the USMNT last Tuesday after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired by U.S. Soccer following a poor start to 2018 World Cup qualifying which saw the U.S. lose its opening games to Mexico and Costa Rica.
In the video above you can watch Arena — head coach of the USMNT from 1998-2006 as he led the Stars and Stripes to a quarterfinal berth at the 2002 World Cup — discuss a whole host of topics with Major League Soccer’s Extratime Radio crew of Andrew Wiebe and David Gass, with the former LA Galaxy manager speaking positively about the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in March 2017 when the Hex resumes.
“We can work our way out of it. Two wins and we can be right back in the thick of things,” Arena said. “That’s the way I’m thinking. We will take it one game at a time. We need to get three points against Honduras on March 24. If we do that, we’ve closed the gap quickly.”
The Brooklyn native also confirmed that he wants the U.S. to be a better passing team, especially in midfield, and he will fly to Germany next week to speak with the U.S. players in the Bundesliga and try to clear up any confusion over past comments he made regarding foreign nationals playing for the USMNT.
My main takeaway from this interview: Arena seems fired up and ready to deliver, once again, for the U.S. national team.