Sunil will be voted out soon in election.
Pulisic is a good international. As good as he is, what he really reveals is that when you put a good international on the US team he is the best player - the rest of the team is okay but not good.
On a limited talent team coaching and desire and defined roles become critical. Klinsmann tinkered and players struggled in roles, and Klinsmann expected national team players to be self-motivated. Many were not, including crybaby Landon who was upset that he took a sabbatical and had to earn a spot back. Klinsmann was not getting results so it is understandable that he was terminated but not the right thing to do mid-campaign.
Arena is a motivator but couldn't resist the urge to redefine the team so as to look smart as well. the US tinkered with formations and players and Arena's statement that the MLS guys are in better shape than the internationals makes no sense whatsoever - is Pulisic out of shape? Klinsmann is a good coach but couldn't or wouldn't motivate the team. Arena is a good coach but had to show everyone that the euros and not better than the MLSers.
So the USMNT got used by Klinsmann who I think sincerely wanted to improve the level of team going to the World Cup not just get there. And the team got used by Arena who wanted to show everyone that he could get to the Cup on his terms and doing it his way.
As a result the USMNT was half-in and half-out all along and now is out.
Against Panama the US needed a win and went 4-4-2 aggressively. It worked and they won 4-0.
Against Trinidad tonite, all the US needed was a tie against a team that it had outscored 10-1 over the last 5 matches. Arena went the same lineup and 4-4-2 which was open defensively. It didn't work.
These matches are about advancing, the US should have been 5-4-1 and played for the tie until they had to do otherwise. Sure the own goal changed that but the US was playing so that in the own goal situation Trinidad had 5 on 3. Simply unacceptable when the US only needed a tie. You are essentially trying to preserve the tie if you have common sense. But arena wanted to prove something to somebody and now the US are going nowhere.
Bas as losing is, Arena's prior comments about fire me I don't care, Ive been out coached maybe maybe not, and other teams are fired up because of US politics - all that stuff is excuses and winners don't make excuses they make plays.
This is a hard sucker punch to the chin, but US should have seen it coming.
Goodbye Arena. Pray that Pulisic's relatively small body like Messi's survives until 2022 and that the US can get some things right. Michael bradley and Tim Howard were not who they once were and that combined with Klinsmann's overeager aspirational tinkering and Arena's arrogance are why the US did not advance.