Legendary United States men’s national team coach Bruce Arena is ready for a new challenge in his career. Arena was confirmed as New England Revolution’s new manager on Tuesday while also assuming the role of the team’s sporting director.
Arena, who resigned as USMNT’s coach after FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifications failure, will success head coach Brad Friedel and general manager Mike Burns. Revolution decided to fire the duo after the team won only two out of their first 12 games in 2019 MLS season.
“Bruce is one of the most successful coaches in American soccer history, and we feel his commitment to excellence, track record of winning championships in Major League Soccer, as well as his success at the international level, makes him the best person to bring the Revolution back to MLS Cup contention,” – said Revolution investor/operator Robert Kraft in a statement. “We have known Bruce dating back to the advent of MLS, and we have full confidence that he will raise the level of our club to the standard we all expect and demand.”
Bruce Arena already has a vast experience in MLS, where he previously coached D.C. United, New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy. With these three teams Arena took five MLS Cups while also winning six trophies.
During his two stints with USMNT, Arena won three Gold Cups and led the team to two World Cups.
“In my conversations with the Kraft family and [Revs president] Brian Bilello, it’s clear that they have high expectations for the club and I believe there is a tremendous opportunity for me to create a winning culture throughout the Revolution organization,” – said Arena following his . “Boston is a great sports town with a history of championship teams, and I am looking forward to working with the staff and players to make the Revolution a club that our supporters can be proud of and that can be part of the tradition of success in New England.”