22.11.2016 20:01 h

Arena succeeds Klinsmann as US coach

Bruce Arena was rehired Tuesday for a second stint as United States head coach, replacing sacked German Jurgen Klinsmann.

The 65-year-old American, who guided the United States to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, previously held the position from 1998 to 2006.

Arena has been coaching Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, and will take up his new role on December 1.

"When we considered the possible candidates to take over the men's national team at this time, Bruce was at the top of the list," US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said.

"His experience at the international level, understanding of the requirements needed to lead a team through World Cup qualifying, and proven ability to build a successful team were all aspects we felt were vital for the next coach."

Former Germany player and coach Klinsmann was dumped after the Americans dropped their first two matches in the final round of North American qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, losing 2-1 at home to arch-rival Mexico and 4-0 at Costa Rica.

The timing for making the switch now gives Arena four months until the US squad faces another qualifier, allowing time for players to adjust and Arena to build momentum as the US tries to book an eighth consecutive World Cup appearance.

"We all know Bruce will be fully committed to preparing the players for the next eight qualifying games and earning a berth to an eighth straight FIFA World Cup in Russia," Gulati said.