Bruce Arena, coach of the U.S. men’s national team, slammed President Donald’s Trump’s executive order regarding policies on refugees and immigration, which included the temporary stoppage of visas being issued to Syrian nationals and refugees, and to those from six other countries.
The grandson of Italian immigrants and with many players on his team with parents who were born outside of the United States, Arena didn’t hold back just a day before his team plays Jamaica in a friendly.
Per the Washington Post, Arena said the following:
“I think it’s sad because one thing we do in our sport is that we are a global sport. We travel the world. We meet all kinds of people. And we conclude at the end that they are all beautiful people.
“We have bad people in the world, we have bad people in our country, but clearly a large majority of people are good. It’s fabulous when we can give them an opportunity to be part of our country.”
Strong words from Arena, who went on to say the ban isn’t right and that he doesn’t think many too many Americans agree with the ban.
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with speaking out on a topic that has been so controversial. Many of his players share the same sentiment, with Michael Bradley giving an even stronger response on Instagram.
Now, you may be wondering, “What in the world? This has nothing to do with soccer.”
Well, actually, it could.
The ban, depending on how things go under President Trump, could end up impacting whether the 2026 World Cup is played in the United States. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to a 2026 bid because of Trump’s executive order, which would seem to really impact travel logistics for the biggest sporting event in the world, if it were to come to the United States in nine year’s time.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / USMNT coach Bruce Arena calls President Trump’s travel ban ‘sad’