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Dave Sarachan Name Interim Coach Against Portugal

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Dave Sarachan Name Interim Coach Against Portugal

Chicago, IL- U.S. Soccer named Dave Sarachan as interim coach of the men’s national team against Portugal in November. Additionally, the remainder of the current technical staff will coach the team against Cristiano Ronaldo’s nation in Portugal. This would be the last match the national team will play this season.

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The move comes two weeks after the U.S. lost 2-1 to Trinidad & Tobago in a World Cup qualifier. In addition, the hopes of reaching the World Cup dissipated that night as well. The U.S. doesn’t have a competitive match until the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and is expected to overhaul its program during the more than five years it has to prepare for the 2022 World Cup.

The coaching search isn’t likely to conclude anytime soon. However, U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati hasn’t said whether he intends to run for a fourth four-year term in February.

Bruce Arena quit on October 13, three days after the U.S. collapse in Trinidad and Tobago. The search for Arena’s long-term replacement will begin in earnest after the Portugal game, but it remains unclear how long the process will take.