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Bruce Arena steps down as United States National Team manager

An interim manager will be named in the next seven to ten days.

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The fallout from the United States failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has begun as Bruce Arena stepped down Friday as the national team manager.

During a conference call with the press, US Soccer announced that they would fill the position with an interim manager in the next two weeks to help prepare for the US’s November friendlies set in Europe.

Arena released a statement to the press to announce his resignation.

It is the greatest privilege for any coach to manage their country's National Team, and as I leave that role today, I am honored and grateful to have had that opportunity twice in my career.

When I took the job last November, I knew there was a great challenge ahead, probably more than most people could appreciate. 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.

While this is a difficult time, I maintain a fierce belief that we are heading in the right direction. I believe in the American player and the American coach, and with our combined efforts the future remains bright. I don't know what the future holds for me, but I can say this from the bottom of my heart: from the high of reaching the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup to the low of a few days ago; I have appreciated every minute of being a part of this program.

Arena leaves with the most wins by a US manager with 81, 26 more than Jurgen Klinsmann’s 55. He helped get the US to a quarterfinal in the 2002 World Cup. He’s also won on pretty much every level from college to MLS.