Bruce Arena fills out his U.S. Men’s National Team coaching staff

Bruce Arena filled out his coaching staff with the U.S. Men’s national soccer team and it has a familiar look.

arenastaffDave Sarachan, Pat Noonan, Kenny Arena and Matt Reis were all added to the staff, all four coached with Arena during his tenure with the Galaxy.

Sarachan was Arena’s assistant from 2000-2002 with the national team and at the University of Virginia (1984-88), D.C. United (1998-99) and as the Associate Head Coach with the Galaxy (2008-2016).

Noonan was an assistant with the Galaxy for the past four seasons and Kenny Arena, Bruce’s son was an assistant with the Galaxy for three seasons.

Reis (Santa Margarita HS) will serve as the goalkeeping coach. He’s held the same position for the past two seasons for the Galaxy.

It was also announced that former U.S. U-20 national team coach Thomas Rongen has joined on as the Chief Scout.

The U.S. will open their January training camp next week at the StubHub Center. They will face Serbia in a friendly, Jan. 29 in San Diego.

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U.S. men’s national soccer team will kick off 2017 in San Diego

Bruce Arena’s first game as U.S. men’s national soccer team coach is set for Jan. 29 against Serba at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The game will kick off at 1 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Monday.

Arena is preparing for his second tenure as coach of the U.S., having replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November.

The game will come at the end of the annual January camp.This is not a FIFA date. The U.S. resumes World Cup qualifying, in March with a home game against Honduras and a trip to Panama.

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100 Percent Soccer column: Can an American Premier League coach prove English skeptics wrong?

bradleyapTrailblazer: Former USMNT coach Bob Bradley has become the first coach of a Premier League team when he joined Welsh club Swansea City; former U.S. star Landon Donovan is also an investor in the club. (Associated Press photo).

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U.S. men’s national team moves into Top 25 of FIFA rankings

The U.S. men’s national team has moved into the top 25 in the latest FIFA rankings, moving up four spots.

Mexico dropped one spot to 15th and Costa Rica moved up three places to 18th. El usaTri leads all CONCACAF teams.

Argentina and Belgium maintain their rankings as the top two nations, respectively. Germany is third. Colombia and Brazil are tied for fourth. Brazil made the biggest jump, moving up five spots.

Here is the top 20: 1. Argentina; 2. Belgium; 3. Germany; 4T. Colombia; Brazil; 6. Chile; 7. Portugal; 8. France; 9. Uruguay; 10. Wales; 11. Spain; 12. England; 13. Italy; 14. Croatia; 15. Mexico; 16. Switzerland; 17. Poland; 18. Costa Rica; 19. Ecuador; 20. Hungary.

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MLS Cup ready for prime time and USMNT faces Trinidad & Tobago at 5 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 with World Cup place at stake

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100 Percent Soccer column: U.S. Soccer fans kick back for tropical World Cup qualifying feast this Labor Day weekend

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Frustrated with the lack of American success on the international level? Get used to it.

messimissMessi miss: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi reacts to his penalty kick miss in the final of the Copa America against Chile (Associated Press).

Failure is far more common than success as even the likes of top-tier soccer nations like Argentina, England and Mexico have discovered — and puts public frustration with the U.S. Men’s National Team into perspective.

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100 Percent Soccer Column: The most entertaining team at Euro 2016 is torching opponents like a fire-breathing dragon — and seeing its odds of winning the tournament slashed

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And for the latest Vegas Euro 2006 round of 16 odds, courtesy of Bovada.lv, see below:

Euro 2016 Winner

France 4/1
Germany 9/2
Spain 11/2
Belgium 6/1
Croatia 9/1
England 9/1
Portugal 10/1
Italy 16/1
Poland 25/1
Wales 25/1
Switzerland 40/1
Hungary 100/1
Republic of Ireland 100/1
Iceland 150/1
Slovakia 150/1
Northern Ireland 250/1

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Where to watch the USA-Argentina Copa America semifinal tonight in Southern California

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With the U.S. scoring their record TV ratings so far in the tournament for the Ecuador game, tonight’s Copa America semifinal against Lionel Messi and Argentina is sure to produce even higher viewership.

Here’s a game preview and a list of just some of the many places in Southern California you can be sure will show the game.

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U.S. men’s national team wins Copa America Group A

United States' Clint Dempsey (8) reacts after scoring against Paraguay during the first half of a Copa America Group A soccer match Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

United States’ Clint Dempsey (8) reacts after scoring against Paraguay during the first half of a Copa America Group A soccer match Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

One week ago, the U.S. men’s national team was facing elimination. By Saturday night, the United States topped its group.

With a 1-0 win over Paraguay and Costa Rica’s stunning 3-2 win over Colombia, the Americans locked up not only their first Copa America quarterfinal berth since 1995 (and second ever) but also the top spot in Group A. This is the first time the United States has ever advanced out of the group stage at a major tournament after losing the first game.

The United States will play the runner up from Group B, either Brazil, Peru or Ecuador, in Seattle at CenturyLink Field on Thursday in the quarterfinals. Continue reading

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