It’s hard to imagine USA coach Bruce Arena staying on. After, there are so many questions as to what’s next for the national team. There could be some massive changes when it comes to the roster with veterans like Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and so on pushed out, and it’s likely a new coach will be tasked with getting the team to the 2022 World Cup. But who could replace Arena? Here are three candidates:
Tab Ramos: The Uruguay-born midfielder is one of the best to ever put on a men’s national team uniform. The 51-year-old is the coach of the U.S. U-20 national team and has done a fantastic job with that group, guiding the team to the 2017 U-20 World Cup semifinals. He’s held in high regard by many in the federation, he is already part of the program and he understands the game as well as any coach that this team could realistically get. He’s the clear favorite.
The MLS pick
Caleb Porter: Like Bruce Arena, Porter has had success on many levels. Now the coach of the Portland Timbers where he won an MLS Cup in 2015, he also won a national championship at Akron in 2010. He was the U.S. U-23 coach in 2011 while still coaching Akron but that stint didn’t go well with the team missing out on qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in London. But he’s a young, fiery coach who knows how to spot talent and could be a choice for the job, but maybe one that’s more likely down the road.
Tata Martino: The former Barcelona and Argentina national team manager who is currently coaching Atlanta United in MLS. He’s done a great job in MLS and was once looked at as one of the brilliant minds in the game. He surprised many by coming to the United States to coach. Would it be that surprising if he decides to coach the national team? He’s also been able to turn around a national team program — guiding Paraguay to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2010. The logical choice if the U.S. wants to go the international route and hire a foreign coach again.