The new manager of the US Men’s National Soccer Team is from Rochester.
Dave Sarachan was named interim manager of Team USA for their November 14th friendly match against Portugal.
Sarachan was born in Rochester and graduated from Brighton High School in 1972. He played for the Rochester Lancers (outdoor) in 1976 and 1977.
He’s often been an assistant to recently fired USMNT head coach Bruce Arena. The first got together at the University of Virginia in the early 80’s. There have been two different stints together with the USMNT and in the MLS. They recently completed a nine year run in charge of the L.A. Galaxy.
That connection with Arena leaves highly in doubt Sarachan’s chances to land the US job permanently. There is a clamoring among US soccer fans for a clean sweep from top to bottom with the national team. Promoting a trusted Arena lieutenant to the top job would hardly qualify.
The Portugal match is the last one on the US schedule for 2017. There will be a new election for president of US Soccer in February. The new manager won’t be appointed until there is a president to appoint him, meaning it will be months until Team USA has its new direction.