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Balogun predicting bright future for USMNT despite Copa America exit

The USMNT exited the Copa America on home soil and could be on the hunt for a new head coach.

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USMNT star Folarin Balogun has promised an exciting future for the national team despite their failure to live up to expectations at Copa America.

They exited the tournament on home soil in the group stages, coming unstuck against Panama and Uruguay despite beating Bolivia.

Plenty of questions have been asked of the national team following their premature departure and head coach Gregg Berhalter’s position is seemingly under threat.

Despite this, Balogun remains positive and believes the team will make progress heading towards the 2026 World Cup.

On social media following the USMNT exit, he said: “A time for huge reflection, but firstly I would like to thank all the fans who supported us throughout this tournament despite us not meeting our shared expectations.

“I am grateful for the love you all showed and I urge the American soccer community… Please keep believing in what we are building.

 

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“This is only the beginning for this team and together we have an exciting future ahead. See you in the fall!”

One big name to be linked with the manager’s job is Jurgen Klopp.

The German left Liverpool this summer following nine years in the Premier League, and former US icons have called for him to take up the job Stateside.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, he said: “I am willing to help my country in any way I can. Proud to serve. So if I was in charge of US Soccer right now, I’d be on my way to the airport.

“Why? Because I believe I could make a very compelling argument to Jurgen Klopp to take over the US Men’s National Team. After the disappointment of Copa America, after the United States lost to Uruguay and exited at the group stages, I will personally fly to Spain. I mean it.

“I know Klopp has only been retired a few weeks and I know he wants a break. But if we sat around his villa in Spain, I think I could lure him over here. 100 per cent.

“The money is certainly there. So my pitch would be simple: he has a young group of players who can play progressive, front-foot soccer – exactly like his Liverpool teams.

“And in two years’ time he can go to the biggest World Cup in history.”

The USMNT have time to regroup before they go again and do not have to think about the home World Cup just yet.

They will face Canada in a friendly on September 7 but there may be some new faces in the frame in a few months.

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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