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Every four years, Americans turn their attention to the world’s game - soccer. As recently as 1998, the USMNT merely made up the numbers at the biggest sporting tournament of all, but once Bruce Arena took over the team, American soccer started to find its footing. In the 2002 World Cup, a highly-fancied Portugal team, featuring the great Ronaldo, lost to Arena’s US team in a shocking 3-2 victory, and but for a handball that wasn’t given, they could well have knocked off eventual winners Germany. But that quarterfinal appearance proved once and for all that the USMNT, like the women’s team before them, deserved to be considered a worthy opponent - and that’s all thanks to Bruce Arena.

When he took over the USMNT, Arena was already the most successful club team coach in US history, having led DC United to the first two championships of the fledgling MLS. Arena - known for his tactical acumen and no-nonsense approach to coaching - inspired and instilled just enough fear into his teams to make them overachieve. By 2016, however, the national team was in a funk - coach Jurgen Klinsmann had brought the team to near elimination during the qualifying rounds for Russia. Cue Arena’s return to the stage, and the team’s return to form.

Arena’s audiobook will teach fans what makes this hugely successful coach tick. And the thousands of coaches around the country will turn to What's Wrong With US? to see exactly how they can instill Arena’s blueprint for success on their own bands of young players.

©2018 Bruce Arena (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • David W. Swatosh
  • 22-06-18

Misleading Title

I bought this book hoping for insight on what is wrong with US soccer. I had the impression that I would learn something that I could apply to my coaching.

This is merely a biography of Bruce Arena's coaching career.

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  • Dana Compton
  • 25-06-18

Sanders doesn’t live up to Arena’s snark

Overall, the audiobook is good. But this book would be much better if read by Bruce Arena. Sanders has a fine voice and good reading cadence, but his lack of familiarity with pronouncing soccer players names or team names makes the gap between his deliver and Arena’s words rather large.

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  • Sunshine Reader
  • 24-07-18

Heavy on Biography Light on Solutions

The book title is somewhat misleading. Most of the chapters are devoted to Mr Aren’s biography. That’s ok, but the listener doesn’t get a lot by way of solutions and why his suggestions would work. One understands that the English and Mexican leagues changed their rules to get more of their own players heightened experience, but where’s the analysis of how that’s working out? Mexico didn’t have a brilliant World Cup in 2018, but what about their youthful players? Have they progressed? The English had a very good run, and it was no accident-most of their starters regularly play in the EPL. Is that a result of the FA rule changes or no? This book could have used more of this as well as further development of “American” solutions for an “American” problem.

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  • eric kristensson
  • 09-07-18

Indispensable To US Soccer Fans - But Whose Bright Idea Was It That The Boldest Voice In US Soccer Shouldn’t Narrate Himself?

Five stars because Bruce Arena’s story is at the heart of the development of American soccer. The content is relevant to everyone who cares about American soccer in its current state and its historical development. UVA, DC United, NY Red Bull, Galaxy and US Mens National Team fans will hear compelling stories about Coach Arena’s tenure with their team(s).

Arena is such a compelling, determined voice that the storytelling here is gripping. But this audio version suffers enormously because listeners are robbed of hearing Coach Arena’s distinctive and bold native-Long-Island voice. Instead we get an airy, smooth and disinterested voice (more akin to another Long Islander: Alec Baldwin).
Is the publisher joking? Arena’s bold, individualistic personality is nowhere near present in this Baldwin-esque narrator’s smoothed-over re-presentation of them. And that’s a shame because Arena’s gutsy and courageously-expressed views are exactly why fans like me wanted to read this in the first place. And who doesn’t have time to read us his own book? One’s own stories in one’s own voice? I believe Coach Arena would understand that we want to hear the coach’s locker-room stories and speeches in his own voice. And that we deserve that.

Even so, I repeat that Coach Arena’s book is indispensable to the libraries of everyone involved in and/or concerned with US Soccer.

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  • john a difiore
  • 03-07-18

Very Enjoyable!

It's definitely more of Bruce's autobiography, than a complete manual to overhaul US Soccer. But, it is a good reminder of his succeses, and what he's done for the growth of the game. Narrator missed pronounced a couple names.. shame he himself doesn't know who the are. However, I thought he was a good choice to represent Bruce. If you are a US Soccer fan, this is a must!