Vermes and Ramos could replace Arena, but Martino and Osorio intrigue

Vermes and Ramos could replace Arena, but Martino and Osorio intrigue
From ESPN - October 13, 2017

The Bruce Arena 2.0 era is over, so it's time to start talking about potential long-term replacements. Here are some names that U.S. Soccer should consider.

The favorites

Peter Vermes

Vermes is the most-discussed choice within MLS ranks and with good reason. A former national team player, Vermes has guided Sporting Kansas City with consistency in his eight-year tenure and won titles at both the league and cup level. There is little mystery surrounding his' teams; there is a plan and a style that his players follow it to a tee. He'd be smart enough to be able to get others to raise their level in what will be a Christian Pulisic-led team for the next decade.

Tab Ramos

There are already rumors that Ramos will take over in the interim as the U.S. tries to cobble together a squad for the international break in November. This would be a smart short-term choice, considering Ramos has coached the Under-20 team in the last two cycles and there is absolutely no reason why anyone over the age of 28 should be on a U.S. roster for the next two years. Whether he's the right man once the 2018 World Cup concludes and a host of new candidates surface is another story, but his familiarity with the players is a plus.

Gerardo "Tata" Martino

Experienced at the international level -- Martino guided Paraguay to the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals -- Atlanta United boss Martino would be a compelling choice. His work in his first year in MLS is impressive, molding Atlanta into a top three team in the east and with 68 goals scored. His work with Atlanta's young talent is on display each week and one ca not help but be intrigued by the possibilities of Martino harnessing the skills of Pulisic and other budding talents like midfielder Weston McKennie and forward Josh Sargent.

The dark horses

Juan Carlos Osorio

Do not count them out


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