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Report: USMNT extends Sarachan through 2018

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Earnie Stewart is buying himself some time to land the new USMNT manager, extending interim manager Dave Sarachan through 2018.

Assistants Richie Williams and Matt Reis have also been extended, according to the AP.

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This shouldn’t necessarily cue the news that the United States men’s national team job belongs Sarachan, or is even his to lose, but it does allow Stewart some comfort moving through a series of Fall friendlies against England, Italy, and Brazil amongst others.

Sarachan, who seems widely liked by the young players he’s bringing into the team, has done little to lower his stock since taking over for his former boss, Bruce Arena.

Aside from — opinion alert — minor quibbles with not using his subs well enough to give young players caps and further embed them into the USMNT culture. The former Buffalo Stallions forward from Rochester N.Y. has done a fine job so far.

Sarachan extended through 2018 by US Soccer Federation

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CHICAGO (AP) Dave Sarachan’s contract as interim U.S. soccer coach has been extended through the end of the year by the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The USSF said Wednesday it also had extended the contracts of assistant coaches Richie Williams and Matt Reis.

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Sarachan was Bruce Arena’s top assistant and took over when Arena quit last October after the loss at Trinidad and Tobago eliminated the U.S. in World Cup qualifying, causing the Americans to miss their first World Cup since 1986.

The 64-year-old Sarachan has led the team to two wins (Paraguay and Bolivia), one loss (Ireland) and three ties (Portugal, Bosnia-Herzogovina and France).

Carlos Cordeiro replaced Sunil Gulati as USSF president in February, and the USSF hired former American midfielder Earnie Stewart to start as general manager on Aug, 1.

Stewart will recommend a new coach to the USSF board and has not given a timetable for the search.

Sarachan has given debuts to 18 players in six matches, including 10 age-eligible for the 2020 Olympics.

How might the USMNT line up versus France?

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When we last saw the United States men’s national team, they looked very much like a side that hadn’t played together much.

A surprising first half lead very much against the run of play yielded to the Republic of Ireland’s control and a 2-1 loss.

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While Dave Sarachan might’ve been tempted to tear up his lineup card and never look back, he won’t be well-served throwing something unorthodox at the wall and hoping it sticks.

That’s because France, in its send-off match, carrying the badge of World Cup contender? Yeah, that’s a tough ask.

Here’s how the guys looked to open Saturday’s loss at the Aviva Stadium:

Hamid

— Yedlin — Miazga — Carter-Vickers — Villafana —

— Trapp —

— Weah — Adams — McKennie — Rubin —

— Wood —

It’s not going to be exactly the same in Lyon. Hamid was rusty, and the USMNT didn’t take Zack Steffen away from Columbus for a couple weeks to plant him on the bench.

Plus, Cameron Carter-Vickers struggled and there are a few guys who, frankly, are probably in line for minutes.

We’ll provide two XIs: one with minimal changes, and another that’s nearly wholesale. What Sarachan tries is anyone’s guess.

Minimal change XI

Steffen

— Yedlin — Miazga — Parker — Lichaj —

— Trapp —

— Weah — Adams — McKennie — Rubin —

— Wood —


All changes XI

Steffen

— Moore — Parker — Palmer-Brown — Robinson —

— Parks —

 — De La Torre — Corona — Green —

— Novakovich — Sargent —


A nice mix of changes XI

Steffen

— Yedlin — Miazga — Parker — Lichaj —

— Trapp — Parks —

— Weah — Adams — Green —

— Sargent —

Sarachan: Bradley, Altidore, others should be part of next cycle

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United States men’s national team coach Dave Sarachan is hoping to stay on with the team once a permanent manager is appointed, and hopes he’s not the only holdover from the previous set-up.

Bruce Arena’s former assistant is unbeaten as interim boss following a 3-0 defeat of Bolivia on Monday, one achieved with a very young team and goals from Tim Weah, Walker Zimmerman, and Josh Sargent.

[ USMNT-BOLIVIA: Player ratings | 3 things ]

The Yanks added Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, and five others for the next week’s matches in Europe. And those familiar names likely won’t be the only ones once a new cycle of World Cup qualifying resumes for the USMNT.

Here’s Sarachan, speaking to Yahoo before Monday’s friendly.

“Guys like Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, and I could name a few others, will absolutely still be in the mix,” he says. “They’ve been unfairly criticized. Leaving them out for these games is not a reflection of [whether] I feel they’re going to be a part of the next cycle.”

While both Bradley and Altidore have taken a lot of grief for the USMNT’s failure to qualify for Russia, some deserved, there should be little question their experience and expertise is more than enough to keep them in the picture.

It’s simply a matter of whether they can accept the idea of not being automatic starters if Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Tim Weah continue to track as top young players.

As for Sarachan, he’s done an admirable job in a trying position so far. The only minor qualms with his work involve some missed opportunities to cap some called-up young players late in previous friendlies, but he had no problems achieving that objective on Monday.

Given how the players have reacted to him, it’d be wise to keep Sarachan involved in some capacity. Heck, you never know when you’ll need an interim boss again (I know, I know…).

Player ratings: USMNT 3-0 Bolivia

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It’s worth noting that the young United States men’s national team that tangled with Bolivia on Monday in Pennsylvania was also facing an untested Bolivia squad which doesn’t do a ton at full strength.

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But there’s still much to be excited about, relatively speaking, as the USMNT kicked off a trio of friendlies with a win on Monday.

Six players earned their first United States caps. They are tagged with asterisks*.

Starting XI

Alex Bono* — 6 — No fault in his rating. Had nothing to do. At times had to feel like he was back at Empire United, playing a tournament game against also-rans.

Eric Lichaj (Off 74′) — 7 — Didn’t have to do much, but positionally sound as expected for the Nottingham Forest man.

Walker Zimmerman —  8 — A great goal to cap a solid if non-demanding 90.

Erik Palmer-Brown* — 7 — Barely more to do than his goalkeeper.

Antonee Robinson* — 9 — I’m not even sure what to do with an American left back handling his business like a possible 10-year answer. WHAT DO I DO, AMERICA?

Weston McKennie — 7 — He’s nearly as important a piece to the USMNT set-up as Pulisic. Today wasn’t a day to expect him to show what he’s good at — breaking up danger and quickly setting the stage for possession and/or attack.

Tim Weah (Off 61′) — 8 —Almost as dangerous as Sargent, the PSG youngster rebounded from an early leg injury to bag a goal in his second USMNT appearance.

Joe Corona (Off 61′) — 7 — Needed to be a steady veteran presence and was, wisely choosing when to adventure and when to stay safe.

Christian Pulisic (Off 89′) — 6 — By no means bad, but in dire need of a deserved offseason. Remains the future of the United States men’s national team.

Rubio Rubin (Off 74′) — 6 — Just fine. Active and adequate, but we can’t give out all 7s and better.

Josh Sargent* (Off 61′) — 8 — Became the fourth-youngest goal scorer in USMNT history when he capitalized on a keeper error, and was largely a threat for the duration of his debut.

Subs

Andriya Novakovich (On 61′) — 7 — The Telstar man again looked comfortable as he looks to keep his USMNT train on the right high-speed tracks.

Julian Green (On 61′) — 7 — Perfectly fine, but the game was largely over when he entered the fray. Great dribble and through ball to set up Villafana for a “shoulda” assist.

Keaton Parks* (On 61′) — 7 — The best performance of any sub, with apologies to Novakovich. Shocking that a 20-year-old midfielder of his skill and stature eluded the entire national team set-up until this stage of his career.

Matthew Olosunde* (On 74′) — N/A — The Manchester United prospect from the Mooch Soccer project makes his debut.

Lynden Gooch (On 74′) — N/A — Probably pleased to take a step up from the squad quality at Sunderland, but should’ve had a goal in stoppage time.

Jorge Villafana (On 89′) — N/A — Sueno gets a cameo for cap No. 17, and makes a pinpoint cross Gooch should’ve finished in stoppage time.