After an embarrassing defeat to Trinidad and Tobago in the CONCACAF and not even qualifying for the Fifa World Cup, the USMNT (U.S. Men’s National Team) is lost. They have no one steering the soccer ship as National Team coach Bruce Arena resigned following the team’s failure to qualify. They are now out of meaningful international competition for some time so what does the team do now?
Enter former French National team and PSG coach Laurent Blanc, who is now being considered for the job. ESPN’s Jonathan Johnson reported that the team is interested in Blanc and he is receptive to the idea of molding the team. If he is given the job he will have an uphill climb to restore the team to a respectable level but he will have almost total control.
Blanc has been out of work since he left PSG last year after taking that team to three Coupes de la Ligue titles in three years. He is a winner who does nothing but builds competitors and we think his hiring would be amazing for the USMNT.
The USMNT has never been a force in the World Cup but hiring a coach like Blanc would be a good step in the right direction. In the 2012 UEFA World Championships, he coached France all the way to the quarter-final stage where they lost to the eventual winners, Spain.
The US is a country of untapped soccer talent since the sport is still not as popular as football, basketball, and baseball. The USMNT is an exciting team to coach with budding superstars like Christian Pulisic and a cast of intriguing talent. It all depends on who the team decides to hire to steer them in the right direction.
Some like former USMNT star Taylor Twellman think Blanc is a poor choice to lead the squad into the future.
He states on Twitter that “Laurent Blanc would be a poor fit for the USMNT IMO. For a start, he admits himself that he likes coaching teams ready to succeed.”
That is a good point because the USMNT is nowhere near ready to compete on a major level like Blanc’s last few coaching spots.
On the other hand, grabbing a coach with Blanc’s prestige and swagger would be a great coup for a struggling team and demoralized fan base. Seriously, what do soccer fans in the US think? They can’t be happy about this entire situation, especially after the Klinsmann years.
I honestly have no clue why the team hired Arena again, but what do I know?