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​Arena steps down as USA manager

Bruce Arena has resigned from his role as head coach of the United States following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Arena, who had signed a contract through next summer, announced that he was leaving the role in a statement released by U.S. Soccer Friday morning, three days after the U.S. was eliminated with a 2-1 loss in Trinidad.

"When I took the job last November, I knew there was a great challenge ahead, probably more than most people could appreciate," Arena said in the statement. "Everyone involved in the program gave everything they had for the last 11 months, and in the end we came up short. No excuses. We didn't get the job done, and I accept responsibility."

Ian Ferris
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