Calls abound for Gulati ouster after US World Cup failure

Calls abound for Gulati ouster after US World Cup failure

In one of the biggest upsets of this qualifying cycle, the United States failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in more than 30 years and now face some major questions over the progress of the sport in the country. And since 2007, the group has grown both in size and recognition, traveling around the world to give the national teams a visible fan presence.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is also likely on the hot seat, but like Arena, he does not feel major changes are needed. Previous coach Jurgen Klinsmann did not have the US on tract to qualify for the World Cup after home losses to Mexico and Costa Rica. "But we've got some pieces in place that we think are very good and are coming along", he said.

Dramatic changes must be made at many levels, but it all starts at the top.

'If you want to save United States Soccer forever then we need to fire Bruce Arena right now, ' the petition reads. "Despite past successes he has presided over an unmitigated disaster and the federation needs fresh leadership and ideas from top to bottom".

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Nonetheless, he offered hope: "I am still convinced that, with political will, decisive progress is within reach in the coming two months".

A lot of US soccer fans felt like jumping into oncoming traffic Tuesday night after the stunning loss to Trinidad and Tobago combined with other results to keep the usa out of the World Cup. The buck stops with them and we call on them to accept the responsibility of this outcome. We have players playing overseas of some quality'.

Speaking in his familiar role as an analyst on ESPN, Twellman hammered away at the "utter embarrassment" of a United States team failing to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation. American Outlaws traditions like the "I Believe" chant have been adopted at an official level by the USSF.

Gulati has been federation president since 2006 but new elections are scheduled in February. With the disappointment of missing the World Cup and a disastrous qualification cycle, the pressure will be on Gulati to make drastic changes or step aside for someone else willing to take on the challenge. Gulati will be standing for a fourth term and although the United States has introduced a three-term limit for its presidency, it is unclear if that will apply to Gulati (like all of football's recent reforms, it seems it probably doesn't have to apply to all-powerful incumbents or good old boys).

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