Arena's assistant takes over

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October 25, 2017
Former United States coach Bruce Arena, left, and then assistant Dave Sarachan.

CHICAGO (AP):

Dave Sarachan, the top assistant to Bruce Arena, will be the interim coach for the United States when the Americans play an exhibition at European champion Portugal on November 14.

Arena quit October 13, three days after the Americans lost 2-1 at 99th-ranked Trinidad and Tobago and failed to qualify for next year's World Cup. The rest of Arena's staff will remain on for next month's game.

The US do not have a competitive match until the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and are expected to overhaul their programme during the more than five years they have to prepare for the 2022 World Cup.

US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati hasn't said whether he intends to run for a fourth four-year term in February.

The US are expected to have a training camp in January followed by an exhibition game or two. The Americans could play a pair of matches during the March FIFA dates.

Sarachan, 63, was a forward for Rochester, played with several indoor teams and became an assistant to Arena at the University of Virginia from 1984-87.

After a decade as head coach at Cornell, his alma mater, Sarachan rejoined Arena as an assistant at D.C. United (1997-99) and the US national team (1999-2002). Sarachan coached the Chicago Fire of the MLS from 2002-07, then worked with Arena at the LA Galaxy from 2008-16 before joining him on the national team late last year.

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