by JACK HAZZARD
With the United States men’s national team’s January camp and friendlies under wraps, Coach Bruce Arena reflected on the past month and the upcoming March World Cup qualifiers during a telephone conference call with reporters on Thursday.
In his second go-round as US coach, Arena was upbeat after the recent international friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica. On Serbia, he said that his side was not “sharp enough or coordinated enough to break” down Serbia. He added that he was impressed with his team’s win against Jamaica, especially the defense.
With the friendlies in the past, Arena and the US men’s team is now preparing for March’s important World Cup qualifying matches.
Arena said his pool of players numbers about 40 spread among Europe, the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Arena addressed a number of topics leading up the matches vs. Honduras (March 24) and at Panama (March 28):