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Sarachan’s stint as the friend-zoned USMNT coach winding to a close – football news

It has been a recurring uncomfortable scene that has played out repeatedly for the better part of the past year that Dave Sarachan has been serving as caretaker coach of the U.S. national team. Questions addressed to Sarachan about his chances of being chosen to keep the USMNT job he was given to babysit until a permanent appointment was made. 

What the reporters asking those questions have been consistently oblivious to is the reality that Sarachan was never in the running for the job, was never considered as a candidate, even as weeks turned into months. It wasn’t going to matter how the USA fared, or what results were posted, Sarachan was always a placeholder.

It has been a reality Sarachan fully understood, even as he often found himself trying to provide poilte, bland answers about whether he was hoping to land a job that anyone with a clue knew he had no chance to land, no matter how much he might want it deep down.

Sarachan has spent the past year in the coaching equivalent of the friend zone, doing his best to help the national team program transition to a new generation, all the while knowing another coach would be stepping in to take the program into the heart of a new qualifying cycle.

That new coach is expected to be hired soon, potentially before the team’s November friendlies against England and Italy. All signs point to Columbus Crew boss Gregg Berhalter being the favorite to be hired.  That means Sarachan could have coached his final USMNT match in Tuesday’s draw with Peru, or he could lead the team in November already knowing who the next coach will be.

That isn’t bothering Sarachan, who has fully embraced his temporary status.

“Until they tell me I’m not, I’m full bore man,” Sarachan said when asked if he would still be coaching the team for the November friendlies. “(I’ll) Keep going. This is too much fun.”

That Sarachan has had a year in charge of the national team is a miracle in itself.

He had spent the better part of the past decade as an assistant coach, serving as Bruce Arena’s right-hand man during their title-winning run with the LA Galaxy and then as his lead assistant during the disastrous 2018 World Cup qualifying cycle. Some die-hard USMNT fans may have even been oblivious to the fact Sarachan had his own trophy-winning five-year stretch as head coach of the Chicago Fire more than a decade ago. He came within an MLS Cup final loss of winning a treble with the Fire in 2003, and led the club to four finals, winning a pair of U.S. Open Cup titles.

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While Sarachan was never really in the running for the job on a permanent basis, he has impressed his players with his professionalism in what hasn’t been an easy position.

“As an interim (coach), it’s always a tricky position,” midfielder Wil Trapp said of Sarachan. “In many respects, he could have mailed it in and he never did that. From the first game in Portugal last year to tonight, he’s always put out a lineup that he’s confident in and he’s always given the group a plan.

“I can’t say enough good things about how he’s approached this situation and the way he’s brought this group along.”

Sarachan deserves some credit for the work he has done. He has certainly boosted his chances of landing a head coaching job once he’s done with the USMNT, but there’s no denying that the prolonged wait in selecting a new head coach has cost the team valuable time developing in a system that will be in place long term. For all his efforts, Sarachan never really implemented a clear style.

Timothy Weah Tyler Adams USMNT Mexico

“The U.S. definitely still needs an identity of how we want to play,” Josh Sargent said after Tuesday’s draw with Peru. “Hopefully (we will get that) with a new coach coming in and telling us what he wants with us, and obviously Dave did a great job in these camps.”

Sarachan has taken an unenviable job and made the most of it, helping usher in a new generation of talents while the process to hire a new coach dragged on. There will never be an acceptable justification for U.S. Soccer having taken more than a year to find a new full-time USMNT head coach, but Sarachan deserves some credit for embracing being in the coaching version of the friend zone.

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Bradley passes Dempsey to become third all time in USMNT caps – football news

Michael Bradley moved further up the United States national team’s history books Tuesday night in its 1-1 draw against Peru.

The 31-year-old Toronto FC midfielder didn’t get to start the contest against the South American side, but came on as a substitute for Kellyn Acosta in the 79th minute.

In the process, Bradley earned his 142nd cap for the national team, which moved him into third place all time for the USMNT.

Bradley had briefly been tied with his long-time international teammate Clint Dempsey after the midfielder’s outing against Colombia last week.

Landon Donovan sits second on that list with 157 caps and 1990’s USMNT star Cobi Jones is top with 164.

Bradley’s first cap with the United States came in 2006 in a May tune up for that year’s World Cup.

Though he did not make that squad, Bradley would go on to feature for a pair of World Cup sides in 2010 and 2014.

An assault on the top two on the list appeared to be well within Bradley’s grasp just over a year ago, but Bradley’s 140th cap saw him captain the USMNT side that lost to Trinidad and Tobago and was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup at the qualifying stage.

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Bradley did not return to the national team until the match against Colombia, where he started and went the distance in a 4-2 loss.

The result was a little better against Peru, as a Josh Sargent goal put the USMNT up, only to have a late Edison Flores goal level matters for the CONMEBOL side. 

Bradley will hope to build on his 142 caps in November when the USMNT head to Europe to face England and Italy in a pair of friendlies.

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Bradley’s return headlines three takeaways from the USMNT October roster – football news

The U.S. national team’s youth movement has been in full effect for all of 2018, with fresh faces rotating in and giving caretaker head coach Dave Sarachan a glimpse at the future of the player pool. The lingering question for some time was just when would some of the key figures from the previous generation would start working their way back into the mix.

Michael Bradley is back, and perhaps it’s fitting that he returns to the national team exactly a year after the USMNT’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. The topic of last year’s devastating loss to Trinidad and Tobago, and the fallout from missing the 2018 World Cup, is a topic that will be sure to dominate the coming weeks, and now Bradley is back to face some questions that he is much better equipped to answer than the youngsters he’ll be joining in the upcoming camp.

Bradley isn’t in camp just to field questions about what happened in Couva a year ago. He’s also back to pass on some wisdom to the next generation, and also challenge them. The Toronto FC captain has been a team leader for a long time, and he’ll face a new challenge in trying to establish a different kind of role with the group.

Christian Pulisic’s return to the USMNT is an exciting aspect of the October squad being called in, but so is the arrival of some talented newcomers with the potential to be key figures in the next cycle. Jonathan Amon and Reggie Cannon are youngsters thriving early in their pro careers, and they both play in positions where the national team can use more depth.

Here is a closer look at some of the key takeaways from the USMNT roster for October’s friendlies against Colombia and Peru:


Bradley’s return a useful addition


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After a year of seeing young midfielders circulate through the USMNT setup, there had been some wonder if we would ever see Bradley back in the national team fold again. Now is a good time to have him come back, not only to serve as a mentor and to pass along some wisdom, but also to challenge the new generation of midfielders in the squad.

There are clearly some fans who haven’t gotten over Bradley’s role in the USMNT failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The boos he still heres at every road game Toronto FC players makes that clear. While that may be the case, the reality is he is still a a resource for the program, and while he may have had to spend a large part of the current MLS season playing out of position at center back due to Toronto FC’s many injuries, he is still an effective midfielder who can provide a good challenge to the likes of Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie.

The key for Bradley will be navigating a different kind of role than the one he grew accustomed to as the USMNT captain. He needs to provide leadership, but he can’t be an overbearing presence in a locker room full of youngsters who have spent the better part of the past year getting comfortable in the squad as the next generation. Bradley’s considerable experience, and years as captain for club and country should help him handle this transition well.


Amon, Cannon an exiting pair of newcomers


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Sarachan has called in three national team newcomers to the October camp, and two of them are particularly exciting prospects given the breakout years both are enjoying for their clubs.

Jonathan Amon is a speedy winger with traits that could fit in very well with the next generation of midfield talent that includes Pulisic and Timothy Weah. Speed on the flanks, and players who could really take on defenders on the wings was something sorely lacking in the last World Cup cycle, and Amon has shown signs of being capable of being the most exciting pure wing prospect since DaMarcus Beasley.

Cannon has blossomed at FC Dallas in 2018, going from an unused rookie last year to a locked in starter on one of the better defenses in MLS, and you could make a good argument for Cannon deserving MLS Best XI consideration. In terms of young and talented pure right backs in the U.S. player pool, Cannon is one of the few playing regularly. The 20-year-old defender is definitely one to watch for the next Olympic qualifying cycle, and the October camp should be a good first step for him.


Time for new forwards to get closer looks


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Andrija Novakovich hasn’t found national team minutes easy to come by, but his recent run of goal-scoring success with Dutch club Fortuna Sittard should earn him a serious look for the October friendlies.

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The 22-year-old has the look of a very promising target striker, a position where the USMNT player pool isn’t crawling with young candidates. Novakovich can use work on his ability to contribute defensively from the striker position, but he has shown during his time in the Dutch league that he has a nose for goal and can be an effective presence in the penalty area.

Standing in Novakovich’s way could be 18-year-old Josh Sargent, who has been tearing up the competition with Werder Bremen’s U-23 team. It is only a matter of time before Sargent gets his first chance with Bremen’s first team, but it is safe to assume he is a more mature and confident player now than he was back in May, when he scored in his national team debut against Bolivia. Playing full-strength Colombian and Peruvian teams is much more challenging than playing a Bolivian C team though, which is just the kind of challenge the young striker needs.

Sarachan will have to figure out how to manage playing time with veteran Bobby Wood in the fold. Wood has struggled for regular minutes with Hannover 96, so Sarachan could decided to give Wood a start or two in October, but if he doesn’t give Novakovich and Sargent serious looks it will feel like another set of wasted friendlies in the search for the next solutions at forward.

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Pulisic, McKennie and Sargent: Projecting the USMNT squad for the friendlies against Colombia and Peru – football news

The U.S. national team’s September friendlies had a bittsweet feel to them, between being dominated by Brazil and beating a young Mexico side. The team’s next set of friendlies won’t carry the same level of hype, but they will be just as challenging to a young team still learning how to play as a group.

The big question for interim USMNT coach Dave Sarachan is should he go even younger with his group?

The answer is yes, and if Sarachan agrees, then we should see an even younger roster for the next set of matches, and at the top of the list of players Sarachan should call is Josh Sargent.

The Werder Bremen striker is still waiting for his Bundesliga debut, but the 18-year-old forward has been lighting up the German U-19 level, scoring goals in almost every match and making a good case to be part of Bremen’s first team.

Sargent isn’t the only American teenager impressing in Europe. Speedy winger Jonathan Amon has looked very sharp in Denmark with FC Nordsjaelland, and looks very much like the type of fast wide midfielder the USMNT needs more of.

Romain Gall isn’t a teenager, but his exploits in Sweden have earned him a look with the national team. The USMNT needs an infusion of winger talent and Gall has the versatility to contribute in multiple areas.

Given the fact MLS is in its stretch run, and there are several MLS matches being played in and around the international window, the October roster should be heavy on foreign-based players, with several MLS-based regulars being allowed to stay with their club teams.

So who will Sarachan call on to feature in a pair of challenging friendlies in October? Here is a look at the players we could see called up to face Colombia and Peru:


GOALKEEPERS


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Zack Steffen, Ethan Horvath, Alex Bono

These same three goalkeepers were called in September, and it should be more of the same, unless Toronto FC requests that Bono stay put in order to have him for a crucial match against Orlando City the day after the Peru friendly. TFC has a capable back-up in Clint irwin, but if Sarachan decides to leave Bono home he could call on a veteran like Brad Guzan. If Sarachan wanted to bring in a young goalkeeper, he could consider Jonathan Klinsmann.


DEFENDERS


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DeAndre Yedlin, Shaq Moore, John Brooks, Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tim Parker, Eric Lichaj,  Antonee Robinson

There shouldn’t be too many changes from the group of defenders we saw last time around. Young fullbacks Moore and Robinson should continue to get looks, and while FC Dallas’ Reggie Cannon has played well enough to earn a call, FC Dallas has a game during the international break so now may not be the time to give him his first USMNT camp. Another defender Sarachan could consider is Brendan Hines-Ike, who is starting regularly in Belgium with Kortrijk.

Carter-Vickers has started just one match for Swansea City since joining on loan, and hasn’t appeared in either of Swansea’s past two matches. Will that open the door for Sarachan to take a look at someone else, like Aaron Long?


MIDFIELDERS


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Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Kellyn Acosta, Jonathan Amon, Romain Gall, Julian Green, Lynden Gooch

Sarachan has made Will Trapp his captain this year, but with a chance to bring together the central midfield trio of Pulisic, McKennie and Adams, this camp will be a good one to let Trapp stay in Columbus and let the youngsters play together.

McKennie has recovered from the leg injury that threatened to keep him out of the October friendlies, which should allow Sarachan to partner him with Adams in defensive midfield roles behind Pulisic, who heads into the October friendlies in outstanding form.

Will Sarachan give Amon and Gall their first senior national team looks? Both are deserving, and will give the USMNT flanks some much-needed fresh blood. Paul Arriola isn’t likely to be called in given D.C. United’s important games during the international break, which should make it easier for Sarachan to bring in some new faces.


FORWARDS


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Bobby Wood, Andrija Novakovich, Timothy Weah, Josh Sargent

Sarachan made it clear he felt that leaving Sargent in Germany during the September international break was better for his development, and while you can understand the rationale, doing it again in October will feel like overkill. Sargent is a special talent, and has been lighting up the Werder Bremen reserve team. He did well with his first taste of the USMNT back in May, and now is the perfect time to bring him back.

Novakovich is in outstanding form in the Netherlands, and not only does he deserve a return to the national team, he absolutely need to get some minutes in the October friendlies. Sarachan turned to veteran Gyasi Zardes, but Novakovich is well past due for his first national team start.

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