Arena resigns as US coach after World Cup bid fail

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NEW YORK (AP) - In the aftermath of a devastating loss for U.S. men's soccer, Bruce Arena resigned as U.S. national team coach, three days after the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

The U.S. Soccer Federation made the announcement Friday and did not say who will take over the team for planned exhibition games next month.

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

A 66-member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, Arena coach the U.S. to its greatest success in the modern era from 1998-2006, then was fired by USSF president Sunil Gulati.

Arena was brought back last November after a 0-2 start in the final round of qualifying in the North and Central American region under Jurgen Klinsmann. The Americans got themselves to qualify, but were knocked out with a 2-1 loss Tuesday at Trinidad and Tobago.

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