Bruce Arena is the winningest coach in US soccer history, and in 2016 he got the call to return to the helm of the national men’s team, which he had successfully coached before, notably to the quarterfinals in the 2002 World Cup, its best-ever performance. This time, however, Arena and the US men’s team met with bitter disappointment, failing to quality for the 2018 Russia World Cup, thereby missing out on the tournament for the first time in thirty-two years. In WHAT’S WRONG WITH US?: A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline, Arena—as perhaps the most well-qualified voice in American soccer--begins the much-needed process of taking a long, hard look at the state of the sport and what needs to happen to revitalize it so that the USMNT never misses another World Cup. The book is a true insider perspective from a man who’s been at the top of the field; Arena delivers a hugely outspoken take on the state of recruiting, coaching, the structure of Major League Soccer, the integration of overseas players, and the role that money plays in the modern game.
As outspoken and frank as Arena himself, WHAT’S WRONG WITH US? will set a standard for the changes to come in the game he loves. (Harper)
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