Bruce Arena, coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team, said Tuesday that he doesn’t expect his players to kneel during the playing of the national anthem at the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

“If we need to discuss it, we’ll discuss it,” he said of the squad. “But I don’t think that’s an issue we’re going to deal with. We’ve got enough to deal with on October 6 besides kneeling and stuff.”

The Americans need points from their final qualifiers — Oct. 6 vs. Panama in Orlando and Oct. 10 at Trinidad and Tobago — to stay in contention for a World Cup berth in Russia next summer.

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