Former USMNT coach and present New England Revolution supervisor Bruce Arena raised considerations about Weston McKennie’s dismissal from the nationwide workforce listing in the midst of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, and reiterated that no participant is greater than the workforce.
The Juventus participant broke the workforce protocol, which led to an preliminary suspension from Sunday’s 1-1 draw towards Canada earlier than he was fully suspended from the listing and despatched again to Turin.
Arena spoke candidly on the topic and insisted that an easy technique is needed between head coach Gregg Berhalter and a participant like McKennie.
“You have to put him down and talk to him and probably speak his language a little bit and make sure you understand,” Arena, a five-time MLS Cup winner, mentioned in an episode of The Call Up.
“No player is bigger than the team at the end of the day. He should realize the opportunities he has ahead. He is not in perfect position now at Juventus, I know, with the change of coach. He goes down the steps as opposed to up. ”
Like Berhalter, Bruce Arena believes the player can still save his career with the national team with a hard character adjustment. Prior to the incident, McKennie had proved to be an integral part of the American side by scoring seven goals in 24 games.
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“So he has to grow up a little bit and everything is part of the process. I have seen it with many players his age and it takes some time. Sometimes they get a taste of success early and it goes a little in their head. So he has to sit down a bit and get the riot document. And hopefully he will respond correctly and be a good player for the United States for many years to come. ”
Arena referred to McKennie’s Nations League successes in advising players away from overblown egos on the international stage.
While Berhalter confirmed that this incident will not completely cloud the midfielder’s USMNT future, Arena believes he can come back stronger.