What US Men’s World Cup Qualification Means for Our Lions | Soccer
The United States men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, failing to compete for the first time since 1986.
On October 10, 2017, Trinidad and Tobago, despite being ranked 99th in the world by FIFA, beat the 28th-ranked US team 2-1. The US needed only a draw to qualify for the 2018 World Cup .
Three days after the defeat, American head coach Bruce Arena resigned. Then, in December 2017, US Football Association President Sunil Gulati announced that he would not seek another term. From there, Carlos Cordeiro served as president from 2018 to 2020, but resigned in March 2020 over sexism allegations while refusing equal pay to the United States women’s national team.
Gregg Berhalter has been coaching the men’s national team since 2018 and will lead his team to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The tournament starts in November 2022 in Qatar.
Similarly, in early March 2022, Cindy Parlow Cone was re-elected as President of the US Soccer Association, having served as President following Cordeiro’s resignation. In the meantime, she has achieved equal pay for the women’s team, because they now receive the same salary as the men.
This hierarchical reorganization has recently been experienced by the Lions football program and can be used as a new opportunity for growth and improvement.
Here at LMU, Chris Chamides has taken on the role of head coach of the women’s soccer team and will lead it into the 2022 season. With a 0-19 aggregate record, the women ended the 2021 season in tenth place in the West Coast Conference.
The men’s team also hired a new coach in Kyle Schmid, who was named head coach for the 2022 season after longtime head coach Paul Krumpe retired. Schmid was the team’s associate head coach in 2019 and assistant coach in 2018.
Observing the US men’s restructuring can be used as an example of the Lions football program. After the US inflicted this devastating loss on Trinidad and Tobago, there were several resignations and a reshuffle of positions. Despite these issues, the team reignited their success a few years later by qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
Although the LMU men’s team ended their season with a 12-4-2 record, there is still room for improvement with the new coaching staff. In 2021 they took third place at the WCC.
With ambition and patience, both LMU football teams are able to do better than last season. As the athletes continue to work with their new staff, there is hope for the future of the program and the possibility of fruitful seasons to come.
While not in contention for World Cup qualification, Lions fans should still expect good results from the team’s recent reorganization and hope for future success under the neon lights of Sullivan Field.
This is the opinion of Bella Luppino, a sophomore in communications from San Francisco. Email comments to email@example.com. Tweet comments @LALoyolan and like the Loyolan on Facebook.