In his year as interim coach, Dave Sarachan has integrated several young players into the men's American national football team. For friendlies in Europe, he has added an up-and-coming coach to his staff.
Steve Cherundolo, a longtime US defender who retired in 2014, served as an assistant during a 10-day camp that will be played at England's England vs. England on 15 November at Wembley, five days later in Belgium Genk.
The squad, which will be announced on Monday, will gather in London this coming weekend for the final activities of the year. Richie Williams and Matt Reis will continue to work in their assistant roles.
Sarachan has been in action since last fall when the Americans did not qualify for the World Cup this summer in Russia. The US Football Association intends to close a permanent replacement for the ousted Bruce Arena by the end of the year. Gregg Berhalter of the Columbus Crew has been the leader for some time.
The Sarachan contract expires at the end of the year. It is not clear if he is a candidate in the long term.
Reliant on a new generation of players like Tim Weah, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, Sarachan set a 3-3-4 record, including a 1-1 win in France before Les Bleus won the world title, and a 1-1 draw. 0 win against archrival Mexico in September. The Americans lost 4-2 to Colombia last month and tied Peru 1-1.
The 39-year-old Cherundolo is one of the most accomplished Americans who has gone abroad. He leaves the University of Portland early to stay 15 years, and the captain's job at the German club Hannover, mainly in the Bundesliga. His uninterrupted service earned him the nickname "mayor of Hannover".
Cherundolo, a San Diego youth football product that developed well on the right back, completed 87 caps for the senior national team between 1999 and 2012 and was a member of three World Cup squads.
Since his retirement, he was assistant to the first and second team of Hannover, head coach of the U-15 and U17 programs and earlier this year, he joined the staff of Tayfun Korkut in high-ranking Stuttgart. Last month, Stuttgart fired with a 1: 4 record and last place Korkut and two assistants, including Cherundolo.
In one (n in August an interview with Stu Holden of Fox SportsCherundolo said the rebuilding nation must "find their identity and find out what we do best and what we do well and stick to it."
"One day it would be an honor to train American football and work for American football," he said. "Only time can tell, that's certainly a call I would accept."
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