Quietly, quickly and methodically, Bruce Arena has remade the U.S. national team in his image.
Eight months into his second term as coach, the dispirited team Arena inherited is now resilient, confident and more than a little bit cocky.
But most of all it is successful, with Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Costa Rica at AT&T Stadium sending it to the Gold Cup final it failed to reach two years ago. The U.S. will play for its sixth continental championship Wednesday at Santa Clara against the winner of Sunday’s semifinal game between Mexico and Jamaica at the Rose Bowl.
To get there, it had to overcome a stubborn Costa Rica team that routed the U.S. in a World Cup...