After the USA failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, earlier this week, Bruce Arena has stepped down as head coach of the national team. Their qualifying campaign ended in a 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night. “It is the greatest privilege for any coach to manage their country’s National Team, and as I leave that role today I am honored and grateful to have had that opportunity twice in my career. When I took the job last November, I knew there was a great challenge ahead, probably more than most people could appreciate. Everyone involved in the program gave everything they had for the last 11 months and, in the end, we came up short. No excuses. We didn’t get the job done, and I accept responsibility, ” wrote Bruce Arena in the national team’s official website.