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Bruce Arena's Officially Out

Bruce Arena speaks to the media during a press conference for the U.S. national soccer team in Hamburg, Germany, June 19, 2006. Jonathan Ferrey hide caption

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Jonathan Ferrey

Bruce Arena may be the most successful coach the U.S. national soccer team has ever had... but he's out nonetheless. U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati says Arena's contract will not be renewed when it runs out at the end of the year. Arena coached the U.S. for eight years. His 71 wins are more than twice as many as any of his predecessors.

Unfortunately, the U.S. team didn't do as well as many had hoped at this year's World Cup in Germany. They were eliminated during the initial group play round. But we can say this much for the American players: they bled for their country and nobody head-butted an opponent.