Bruce Arena opened a binder to a page with 48 names, his depth chart for the U.S. soccer team.
Back in charge for the first time in a decade, he views the Americans' state as urgent following losses in the first two games of the final round of World Cup qualifying and already has plans.
"We're fighting for our lives starting March 24. We're behind the eight ball," he said. "We've got to close the gap, and we get six points in the next two games, the gap is closed."
During an hourlong session with reporters Tuesday, Arena said comments he made in 2013 about foreign-born players on the national team were aimed at the U.S. player development system,...