Coach Bruce Arena has decided to call it quits following a 2-1 defeat of his U.S. soccer team in Trinidad and Tobago earlier this week.
This marked the first time since 1986 the U.S. has failed to make it to the biggest soccer event in the world.
“We didn’t get the job done, and I accept responsibility,” said 66-year-old Arena, who took charge for the second time last November.
Arena left Major League Soccer side La Galaxy to succeed the fired Jurgen Klinsmann.
When Arena took over from Klinsmann, the U.S. was sitting at the bottom of the six-country qualifying group.
Arena led the U.S. team to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals in his first stint as coach.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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