There's plenty of speculation on the future of US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann after losing a second straight match to start the CONCACAF Hexagonal on Tuesday.
After last week's 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat at home to archrivals Mexico was followed by a resounding 4-0 shutout loss in Costa Rica on Tuesday, US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati told SI.com's Grant Wahl that he would be having discussions with Klinsmann on his future:
US Soccer president Sunil Gulati on Jurgen Klinsmann's future as USA coach after Tuesday's 4-0 loss to Costa Rica. pic.twitter.com/opwIONGWTQ— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) November 16, 2016
In the meantime, there is speculation that a potential replacement might be ready in case of a change. The Washington Post’s Steven Goff reported that a source indicated to him the USSF had lined up LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena "in case of another loss."
Earlier today, a longtime US contact told me USSF had lined up Arena in case of another loss. Didn't believe it at time, but now ... hmmm— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) November 16, 2016
One of the most successful coaches in American soccer history, Arena coached the USMNT from 1998-2006, leading the US to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup and guiding them through their disappointing group-stage exit at the 2006 tournament in Germany.
A two-time MLS Cup champion with D.C. United in 1996 and 1997, Arena has coached the Galaxy since 2008, winning three MLS Cups with the club in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and guiding the team to the Supporters’ Shield in 2010 and 2011.