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Sarachan takes over as USMNT interim boss

USMNT names interim boss; full-time coach might be named until next summer

October 25, 2017 By Oscar Rojas
Sources close to the USSF have admitted that naming a new full-time coach is not in the cards right now, as elections are set to take place in February.

If football -or soccer- fans in the U.S. were expecting the U.S. Soccer Federation to appoint a new coach as soon as possible following their elimination from the 2018 World Cup, they will have to keep waiting a bit longer.

Football's governing body in the U.S. decided to appoint Dave Sarachan as interim boss for the Stars & Stripes' next game against Portugal, which is set to take place during Novermber's international break.

Sarachan's appointment makes sense, as he is still part of the USSF's payroll, as well as the other members of Bruce Arena's staff.

Sarachan had a 5-year stint  as Chicago Fire's coach from 2002 to 2007. He worked as Bruce Arena's assistant with the USMNT and Los Angeles Galaxy on different occasions.

The reason to have Sarachan working with the USMNT now is simple: there is no big competition for the team until the 2019 Gold Cup. Furthermore, Sunil Gulati's term as USSF president might come to an end in February, and a potential new president will want to have his hand in the election of a new boss.

Sources close to the USMNT admit that the new coach could be appointed until the end of the 2018 World Cup, maybe waiting for some top-caliber coaches to be available once the tournament concludes.

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