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Rest in Peace, Sigi Schmid

You would be hard-pressed to find a more accomplished coach within the United States soccer-sphere than Sigi Schmid. Schmid began a successful 19-year run as head coach of the UCLA Bruins Men’s Soccer program in 1980. During that time, he led the Bruins to three national titles (1985, 1990, 1997). He was named national coach of the year following the 1997 championship. He accumulated a record of 322-63-33 in the college ranks.

Schmid went on to become Major League Soccer’s all-time winningest coach. Manning the sidelines for LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders, he led teams to two MLS Cup championships, five U.S. Open Cup titles and was named MLS Coach of the Year twice. Far too often, a term like “legend” is haphazardly thrown around, but in Schmid’s case, it was well earned. His resume was impeccable. Given his astonishing success, I had always hoped and rooted for Sigi to be granted the USMNT head coaching gig. He was tactically brilliant, detail oriented and highly regarded. My wonderment as to why it never seemed he garnered serious consideration for the position may never cease.

Like many within U.S. Soccer, I was shocked and saddened today by the news of his untimely passing at the ripe young age of 65. Reportedly, he was hospitalized three weeks ago awaiting a heart transplant. My hope and I am sure the hopes of many, was that the lack of news in recent weeks was good news. Regretfully for us all, that was not the case.

I did not have the privilege of personally knowing Coach Schmid, having only met the gentleman for one brief moment. But for me, it was a moment I will never forget. The United Soccer Coaches convention in 2017 took place in Los Angeles. Naturally, a soccer nerd like myself was in full geek out mode the entire weekend. With a myriad of events throughout the 5 days, the schedule was daunting, but a chalk talk with Bruce Arena and Sigi Schmid was a given. Attendance for such an occurrence was non-negotiable, everything else in my world was thrown to the wayside.

As an aspiring coach, I had studied Sigi for a decade and a half. I had rooted for him at every stop in his MLS career. How could someone root against such a phenomenal coach and person? Bruce and Sigi have been two pillars within my “Coaching Holy Trinity” (the other being Caleb Porter) for years, so seeing this spectacle on the agenda, I became the proverbial kid in a candy store with his mom’s credit card. Life couldn’t have been better!

I’ll skip all of the minutiae of the talk, other than to mention that Bruce and Sigi both gracefully and astutely answered my question about the U.S.’s chances of hosting the World Cup in the near future. Afterwards, I had the opportunity to shake Sigi’s hand and thanked him for his time. That was it! My encounter was minuscule and Coach Schmid probably forgot about it before he even left the venue. But to me, it was a moment in time I will forever cherish.

It was a mere four months ago that he was on the sidelines guiding the Galaxy, so it is unfathomable to think that his physical being has left us. However, a man as talented, respected and adored as Sigi, will live in all of our spirits for a lifetime. The positive impact he made on so many people will carry itself forward to the next generation of players, coaches and fans. Coach Schmid left a legacy at every stop during his long coaching journey. He elevated players, he inspired fellow coaches, and he enhanced our sport. Simply put, he made the world around him a better place. In the grand scheme of things, I would say that is the lasting impact we could all hope for in life. RIP, Coach Schmid!

Coach Schmid with the MLS Cup after leading the Columbus Crew to victory in 2008.

Coach Schmid with the MLS Cup after leading the Columbus Crew to victory in 2008.

#SAVEDTHECREW

Hallelujah! The COLUMBUS Crew are one giant step closer to staying in their rightful home of Central Ohio. It has been almost a full calendar year since Crew fans were shocked at the news of a potential relocation of the franchise to Austin, Texas. Now we have some phenomenal news to celebrate. Cleveland Browns owner, Jimmy Haslam along with a Columbus-based ownership group, are said to be in negotiations with Major League Soccer to purchase the team from current owner/operator, Anthony Precourt. He would then be able to pursue his dream of having a franchise in Austin, which was clearly his plan from the moment he purchased the Crew in 2013.

While nothing is certain or set in stone, this news comes as a big-time move for supporters of the #SaveTheCrew movement. A variety of statements regarding the Crew possibly nearing a deal to stay in Columbus came out today. “We are optimistic about our recent conversations with MLS regarding the potential sale of the operating rights of the Columbus Crew,” stated Columbus Partnership President, Alex Fisher. “While there are many details to be worked out, our alliance is working diligently and collaboratively with the League to keep the Crew in its community. We are very excited about the quiet but deliberate progress that has been made to date and will keep the community updated as the process moves forward.”

A follow up statement from Browns owner, Jimmy Haslam shared that same sentiment:
“We value and appreciate the benefits a professional sports franchise can bring to a community and are hopeful to be a part of the solution to keep the Crew in Columbus. We would invest in a strong infrastructure within the Crew organization so that we can continue our focus and commitment to building a winning Cleveland Browns football team in Northeast Ohio. We look forward to seeing how this process evolves.”

The potential for a new downtown stadium was also mentioned, but no concrete plans are yet in motion. Precourt Sports Ventures, the company name in which Precourt operates, also released a statement but neglected to even mention the Crew potentially staying in Columbus. Making it even more apparent that he had zero interest in the Crew ever staying in Central Ohio. Good riddance to that clown! And good luck Austin dealing with his shenanigans.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, the most likely scenario for the Crew is the Haslam buyer group purchases the MLS rights of Columbus from Major League Soccer, then Precourt transfers his equity in the league to the Austin market. Austin FC would be on the shelf until 2021, which gives them ample time to build a stadium and construct a team from the ground up. In turn, the current players under contract with the Crew would stay in Columbus. Yay, Will Trapp!

COLUMBUS Crew wish list…
- Dump the Crew “SC” moniker and just stick with the tried and true “Columbus Crew”.
- Build a downtown-ish stadium, either near Huntington Park or the current plot of land at Berliner Park.
- Once Greg Berhalter takes over the US Men’s National Team or LA Galaxy, hire either Caleb Porter or former Crew legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto to be head coach.

Now let’s celebrate the goodness that is the COLUMBUS Crew staying in Central Ohio! Get your season tickets, buy your gear, support the team, and keep pushing #SaveTheCrew until it is official that we have #SavedTheCrew.

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Soccer... The Time Has Come For A Zero-Tolerance 'No Diving' Policy!!!

“Diving has become a real problem in soccer worldwide. It is a form of cheating. But if the opponent dives and gains an advantage by drawing a penalty kick or a free kick, our player would feel he is letting our team down if he doesn’t try to gain that same advantage. So the answer is better refereeing. But the real answer is video review after games and punishing the divers to eliminate it from the game.” 
– LA Galaxy Head Coach, Sigi Schmid (October 2009)


As the title suggests, my goal with this article is to see that the global soccer community backs the implementation of a zero-tolerance NO DIVING policy. 

What Is Diving?
Diving is an attempt by a player to gain an unfair advantage, by falling to the ground and feigning an injury or to appear as if a foul has been committed in a situation in which one did not occur. Diving is an embarrassing and deceitful act that must be eradicated from our sport. It spits in the face of the integrity of soccer. Diving is cheating. It is lying. It is stealing from the game. 

Why Is Diving So Prevalent? 
Unfortunately, the issue at hand is that most of the soccer playing world do not see diving as problematic. In contrast to the traditional "American way" of soccer, which is preaching to play tough, keep working, battle for your position, etc. much of the rest of the world (I am looking at you Italy, South America, Central America, Western Europe) views the act as a legitimate segment of the game. A dive in their eyes is no different than passing, dribbling, heading etc.

It Is Just Part Of The Game
It is unfathomable to me how often diving is justified by folks who declare “it is just part of the game”. Excuse me!? For the love of everything holy please clue me in on how and why diving magically just became part of the 90 minute package. If diving is allowed to continue simply due to the old adage “it is just part of the game” then we are complicit in destroying the very thing we love. And for a sport that prides itself on being progressive and cutting edge in all aspects, both on and off the field, I find that excuse to be lazy and hypocritical. 

A Zero-Tolerance 'No Diving' Policy
To combat this lunacy, I propose we launch an all-out assault on diving. Let's create a fancy attention grabbing hashtag. Something that will kick off a global movement to eliminate this circus. Let's make so much noise that the soccer muckety mucks within FIFA become aware of it and clue them in that the soccer world wants change. Whatever it takes to obliterate this ugliness from the beautiful game. PLEASE! I submit an action of zero-tolerance. No wiggle room. No mercy on divers. 

Implementation
Implementing a radical change like this may seem drastic and nearly impossible to some of you, but I respectfully disagree. If referees make it a point to dole out cards for diving, followed up by league disciplinary committees retroactively and aggressively fining and suspending players for diving, the ramifications would be swift. Taking it a step further, players with numerous infractions over the course of a season will see their TEAM also be punished via hefty fines and sanctions. Once actual teams and franchises start being fined, you can bet that diving will disintegrate in no time. Owners will not tolerate losing finances over this buffoonery.  

Positive Aftermath of Change
This is a win-win-win all across the board. Fans win because we get to see some of the finest athletes in the world actually play soccer unencumbered. Attacking players will be more inclined to play through hard challenges because now they don’t have a cheap call to bail them out. And defensive players will be able to actually defend and not shy away from challenges. Furthermore, the referees job will become easier, as officials will no longer have to decipher between a bona fide foul and those that are fabricated.

I have now pled my case to eliminate diving. If after reviewing this article you still feel diving should stay part of our sport, please let me know your reasoning. I am open to discussion. However, at this juncture I wholeheartedly believe that diving is detrimental. I challenge you to change my mind!



 

Where oh where is Caleb Porter?

 

It has been seven months since the shocking and perplexing resignation of Caleb Porter from the Portland Timbers. And in that amount of time, outside of the banal platitudes from Caleb thanking the city of Portland and Timbers management for the time, we have yet to hear anything of substance from the man. Timbers owner, Merritt Paulson and general manager Gavin Wilkinson have also been fairly mum on the situation. My assumption was that they were as caught off guard by the move as the rest of us.

Even more surprising, we have yet to hear any rumblings from people behind the scenes. My assumption was that one of the various soccer news breakers would have a story in the following months about what led to the departure. Taylor Twellman, Grant Wahl, Brian Straus, Alexi Lalas, none of these guys have said one iota about it.

Plenty of thoughts and conspiracies were kicked around at the time. One hypothesis was Caleb wanted to have more player personnel involvement and was rebuffed by management. If true, it would be a fair request given his success at the club. Another was that Porter was unhappy with not being able to bring on his own handpicked assistants. The majority of the staff under him were holdovers from previous coach, John Spencer. One would presume that after five years of working in tandem with this group, a rapport was established and a working relationship was in full order.

A third rumor floating around was that Porter had his eyes on the FC Cincinnati gig, given their move from the USL to MLS was all but assured. Presumably, Porter and his family had the urge to be back in Ohio, where he had a successful collegiate career. Undoubtedly, he would have the red carpet rolled out for him in Cincinnati, being able to build his own staff and essentially build the roster from scratch. While the prospect is enticing, I am not so sure that is the case either.

Perhaps Porter would have interest, but who is to say FC Cincy would be so quick to cut ties with current head coach, Alan Koch? FCC had a remarkably successful U.S. Open Cup run last year with Koch leading the way, advancing to the semi-finals and only narrowly losing 3-2 to the New York Red Bulls. Would FCC be so inclined to ditch their up and coming coach for Porter? Maybe. Would Porter have any interest in such a move? Who knows? That is the quandary here, none of us have heard a peep from him to know one way or the other.   

I would gladly welcome Caleb Porter manning a sideline in Major League Soccer again. Yes, he has plenty of supporters and detractors, but love him or hate him the man knows X’s and O’s and his subtle candor is an aspect of Porter I embrace. An MLS with Caleb Porter is a better MLS for all. So Caleb, where are you? What is next for you? Come on out and say hello! You are sorely missed!

 

Return from a Soccer Sabbatical… Why I left and Why I Came Back

Unbeknownst to me at the time, the summer of 1994 was a crossroads of sorts in my life. The United Sates hosting World Cup 94 was my first formal introduction to the sport of soccer. A mere month after the World Cup Final I found myself playing on my first organized team. From that day forward soccer has been a pillar in my life.

Whether as a player, coach, scout, writer or as a rabid hooligan, the sport has been my go-to for nearly a quarter century. I have even been blessed enough to make a living through soccer. First as a member of the sales staff for multiple Major League Soccer teams, to coaching at a variety of levels, and also through scouting. Furthermore, my closest friends in life have all been due to bonding through soccer.

Given the positive impact soccer has been for me, it was concerning when I hit a point of contention in 2017 as I began to loathe the beautiful game. I bring this up not to sound melancholy or whiny, but because this was a massive paradigm shift in my life. I have always been known by friends, family, and acquaintances as the “soccer guy” so to completely swing the other way and have zero interest in soccer was perplexing.

What caused such a swing in feelings? Well, it was the proverbial “three strikes and you’re out” cliché…

Strike 1: The USMNT not qualifying for the World Cup
Obviously, this was a calamity for all of us! No doubt about it. The fallout and irrational response by many fans afterwards also added to my despondence. The Bruce Arena hatred, the MLS abuse, etc. As if losing out on playing in the World Cup wasn’t bad enough, the aftermath within the U.S. Soccer community was nauseating.

Strike 2: Major League Soccer and Anthony Precourt hijacking the Crew from Columbus
With little to no discernible warning the Columbus Crew were said to be all but packed up and set to relocate to Austin, Texas. The shock and dismay I felt when reading that headline for the first time was a surreal moment for me. While World Cup 94 was the spark of my love affair for soccer, the Columbus Crew were the gas that set things ablaze.

Born and raised in Columbus, the Crew were a massive part of my adolescence. Counting through my ticket stubs, I have attended upwards of 100 home Crew games from 1998 to 2011 (I moved out of Ohio in 2011). Yes, over the years I began following other teams more closely, but the Crew still held a special place in my heart. To witness MLS and a slime ball new owner band together to pry the inaugural MLS franchise from Central Ohio was deceitful and stomach churning.

Maybe it was my own fault for being so naive to think that “my league” wouldn’t architect such a move. The league that I supported, worked for and loved for two decades was stabbing me and all of Central Ohio in the back. The new shiny toy of Austin was all the rage, while the pillar of U.S. soccer that is Columbus was being left in the rear view mirror. Many might say “such is life” to such action, but a nostalgic like myself doesn’t condone that type of conduct.

Strike 3: Corruption running rampant in soccer
FIFA being FIFA… Again, more naivety from me, but after such a public shit storm with the bribery scandals and with the appointment of a new FIFA president, I had hoped Qatar would be stripped of their World Cup hosting duties in 2022. Why reward a country with the honor of hosting the biggest sporting event in the world after such reprehensible and audacious actions? And don’t get me started on the slave labor they are invoking to build the entire infrastructure necessary to host the global phenomena. It is absurd this sham is still moving forward.

Then when all the rumors were circulating that North America may not be awarded the 2026 World Cup due to President Trumps “Muslim ban” irked me. Would FIFA actually take the risk of hosting the event in Morocco over North America due to political skirmishes? Unbelievable and unacceptable!

My reluctant return
My return to following the game again after a seven month layoff is still relatively new and conceivably I have plenty of catching up to do. I have become aware that MLS expansion is trudging on with Nashville and Cincinnati, the Timbers are on fire, Alan Gordon is doing Alan Gordon type things, the USMNT is young and spry, and the World Cup is in play, all of which are positive aspects to focus on.

The onus is on me to ignore the political games within the sport and instead focus on the features I love about MLS and U.S. Soccer. What are some of those features, you ask? Here goes…  First Kick, Mike Petke, Bruce Arena, Caleb Porter, Sigi Schmid, Bob Bradley. Crew Stadium, Red Bull Arena, Alan Gordon, Diego Valeri, Providence Park, MLS parity, Alan Kelly, the ginger ninja Dax McCarty, Geoff Cameron, Kyle Martino, Eric Wynalda, Brian Dunseth, Dwight Burgess, John Strong, MLS expansion, the goals, the saves, community comradery, Tim Howard, Zlatan, Dempsey face, the list could go on and on.

I’ll let the business and politics be handled by the suits in New York. Isn’t that why we love competition and sport? Because it provides a reprieve from the business shenanigans that we all loathe? I missed the sport. Despite all of the hullabaloo it’s good to be back!
 

Could the Next USMNT Coach Come From MLS

Given all of the hoopla and perceived uncertainty of Jurgen Klinsmann’s status with the USMNT, I felt it would be worthwhile to explore possible successors. Considering that this is a web site devoted to Major League Soccer, I focused primarily on those within the MLS coaching pool.

Gregg Berhalter, 42 years old (Head Coach, Columbus Crew SC)
Case For: 
Berhalter began his coaching career with the LA Galaxy as a player-coach in 2011In 2012 he transitioned to his first head coaching position with Swedish club Hammarby IF, where he became the first American club manager within a top-ranked European federation. Berhalter posted a record of 18-11-16 in two seasons at the helm, securing points for his club in 34 of his 45 matches. In November of 2013, Gregg made his way back to MLS being named head coach of Columbus Crew SC. In two full seasons with the Crew he amassed a 29-21-18 record, including an appearance in the 2015 MLS Cup Final.

During Berhalter’s playing career, the central defender earned 44 National team appearances, including participation in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup tournaments. He also played in the 1999 and 2003 Confederations Cups. He concluded his playing days having appeared in 350+ professional matches in both the United States and Europe.

Case Against: Berhalter is still quite green as a coach; with that in mind it is unlikely that Berhalter would be a viable candidate today. Though, if Jurgen hangs on to his job through the 2018 World Cup cycle, a few more successful seasons could bode well for a prospective candidacy.


Jason Kreis, 43 years old (Unattached)
Case For: 
With a combined MLS head coaching record of 112-95-67 between Real Salt Lake and NYCFC, Jason is one of the most successful managers in recent years.  He became the youngest coach in league history to win the MLS Cup – accomplishing the feat at the ripe age of 36. Kreis also guided Real Salt Lake to the CONCACAF Champions League knockout round during the 2010-11 season. Additionally, he led RSL to six straight playoff appearances, including two MLS Cup appearances and capturing the title in 2009. 

As a player for the USMNT, he earned 14 caps and scored 1 goal. Kreis made over 300 professional appearances through his MLS career and was voted MLS League MVP in 1999. Kreis is currently sixth on the all-time MLS goal scoring list with 108 goals.

Case Against: The sports industry is undoubtedly a “what have you done for me lately” world, and Kreis’s most recent head coach run with NYCFC was not phenomenal. Leading an expansion club to a 10-17-7 record isn’t necessarily terrible but the lofty expectations at NYCFC were certainly not met. While he was quite prolific on the field in MLS, his national team playing days were underwhelming, some may wonder if the same fate would follow him as national team manager.


Jesse Marsch, 42 years old (Head Coach, New York Red Bulls)
Case For: 
Marsch’s first foray into coaching was as one of Bob Bradley’s assistants for the USMNT during the 2010 World Cup. During their first MLS season, Jesse was named the inaugural head coach of the Montreal Impact in 2012. He led the Impact to 12 victories, the most by an expansion club since 1998. After being unceremoniously let go after the inaugural season, Marsch found his next coaching gig in 2015 with the New York Red Bulls. His first season in charge of RBNY, Marsch was named MLS Coach of the Year after leading the club to the 2015 Supporters Shield, and the best regular season record in franchise history.

Jesse won three MLS Cups and four US Open Cup Championships with D.C. United, Chicago Fire and Chivas USA during his playing days. An MLS original, he made 321 appearances in 14 seasons, scoring 31 goals and contributing 40 assists. He also earned two caps with the USMNT.

Case Against: Similar to Berhalter, Marsch is not overly experienced at the professional level with less than 100 games as a head coach.  As I stated with Berhalter, if Klinsmann hangs on to his gig through the 2018 World Cup cycle, it would provide Marsch more time to develop and earn success.


Oscar Pareja, 47 years old (Head Coach, FC Dallas)
Case For: 
Pareja served as an assistant coach with the United States U-17 men's national soccer team at the IMG Soccer Academy from 2007 to2008. Afterwards, he was appointed the Director of Player Development for the FC Dallas Youth system, quickly developing the program into one of the nation’s premier academies. During the 2010-2011 season, Pareja was named the U-18 Academy Coach of the Year, as he guided the U-18s to a runner-up finish at the national championship.

In 2011, Pareja was named assistant coach for the FC Dallas first team and head coach of the FC Dallas Reserves. After garnering notoriety and success, the Colorado Rapids named Oscar head coach of the club prior to the 2012 season. After posting two solid seasons, he re-joined FC Dallas in 2014, taking over as the teams head coach. In four seasons as an MLS head coach he compiled a record of 59-52-25 with three playoff appearances.

The former Colombian international tallied 3 goals while earning 11 caps with his national team. Over a decorated playing career, Pareja appeared in over 550 games, 170 of those were with FC Dallas, where he scored 13 goals and supplied 47 assists. 

Case Against: While Pareja is known for developing quality young players, he has yet to win anything noteworthy as a professional coach.


Caleb Porter, 41 years old (Head Coach, Portland Timbers)
Case For:
  Caleb Porter built one of the most successful college programs in recent NCAA history during his tenure as head coach at the University of Akron. From 2006 to 2012 his teams won 123 out of 158 college games.  During that stretch, he possessed the highest winning percentage (.832) among all active Division I coaches. Porter earned numerous honors while at Akron, including 2009 NSCAA National Coach of the Year.

Porter also served as the head coach of the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team during 2012 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying and spent three years as an assistant coach for the U.S. U-18 National Team from 2009 to 2011. After making the leap to the professional level in 2013, Porter was named the 2013 MLS Coach of the Year. Through three seasons, he has led the Timbers to a 41-25-36 MLS record (a .578 winning percentage).

Case Against: His disastrous tenure as U-23 Men’s National Team coach during the 2012 Olympic qualifying will inevitably be a blip on his resume. Failing to qualify for the Olympic Games was viewed as a major setback for US Soccer. Despite his MLS successes, it could be argued that Porter is still relatively inexperienced at the professional level. 


Sigi Schmid, 63 years old (Head Coach, Seattle Sounders SC)
Case For:
 You will be hard-pressed to find a more experienced or successful coach in the United States than Sigi Schmid. Schmid began a successful 19-year run as head coach of the UCLA Bruins Men’s Soccer program in 1980. During that time, he led the Bruins to three national titles (1985, 1990, 1997). He was named national coach of the year following the 1997 championship. He accumulated a record of 322-63-33 in the college ranks.

Schmid has twice served as the U.S. U-20 National Team head coach, most recently in 2005 at the FIFA World Championships. Schmid was also an assistant to Bora Milutinovic for the 1994 USMNT World Cup team. He also was head coach for the 1991 World University Games and 1995 Pan American Games.

Additional accolades:
National Soccer Hall of Fame: 2015
MLS Coach of the Year Award: 1999, 2008
CONCACAF Champions' Cup: 2000
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champion: 2001,2009,2010,2011,2014
MLS Supporters' Shield: 2002, 2008,2014
MLS Cup Champion: 2002, 2008
MLS all-time winning coach. Schmid ranks No. 1 in MLS career victories (207) and games coached (452). Overall, Schmid’s record in MLS is 207-140-105. His combined postseason win total (24) is the second-highest in MLS history.

Case Against: Despite all of Schmid’s experience and accolades, to my knowledge US Soccer has never seriously considered Sigi for the USMNT managerial position. At 63, has his time passed? Furthermore, is such a position still of interest to Sigi?


Peter Vermes, 49 years old (Head Coach, Sporting Kansas City)
Case For: 
Peter Vermes was appointed Technical Director for Sporting KC (then known as the Kansas City Wizards) in November of 2006. He was initially named interim manager of the club on August 4, 2009 and has been the head man ever since. Vermes has won three major trophies – the 2012 and 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups and the 2013 MLS Cup– as well as two MLS Eastern Conference regular season titles (2011, 2012). He is the only person to ever win the MLS Cup as both a player and coach. Across all competitions, Vermes holds a 113-79-61 record as the Sporting KC head coach.

His professional playing career spanned 15 seasons and numerous leagues. He was awarded MLS Defender of the Year honors in 2000, while helping lead the Wizards to the 2000 MLS Cup Championship. Vermes earned 66 Caps with USMNT and was a member of the 1990 USMNT World Cup team.

Case Against: I imagine some within US Soccer would prefer an international pedigree for the USMNT’s next manager, a quality that Vermes obviously does not possess. Beyond such a stipulation, I fail to see many drawbacks to his candidacy.


Additional Candidates

MLS: 
Bruce Arena – LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, USMNT 2006 & 2002 World Cup, DC United, 5 X MLS Cup Winner

Non-MLS:
Marcelo Bielsa
 – Marseille, Athletic Bilbao, Chile 2010 World Cup, Argentina 2002 World Cup
Bob Bradley – Le Havre, Stabaek, Egypt, USMNT 2010 World Cup, Metrostars , Chicago Fire 1998 MLS Cup Winner
Andi Herzog – USMNT assistant coach, US U-23 Head Coach, Austria assistant coach
Tab Ramos – USMNT assistant coach, US U-20 Head Coach

What do you think of the list of potential candidates? Who am I missing? Let us know in the comments down below. Or contact me on Twitter: @mikecrosky