United States head coach Bruce Arena watches his team during a training session in preparation for a World Cup qualifying soccer match Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Veteran coach Bruce Arena believes a tougher mental approach can help the United States reignite their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign on Friday as the Americans prepare to face Honduras in a must-win tie in California.The U.S. are currently languishing at the foot of the six-team "Hexagonal" qualifying tournament, with no points from their opening two games which ended in defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica last November.The 65-year-old, who led the United States at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, says toughening the squad's brittle mentality following the lopsided Costa Rica defeat has been a priority since he took over.U.S. captain Michael Bradley said Arena had already had a positive impact.Dempsey, second on the all-time USA scoring charts with 52 goals in 130 internationals, is back in the squad and could feature against Honduras.Arena said Dempsey would have a "reduced role".
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