Category: Bruce Arena

‘What’s Wrong with US?’ book should be retitled ‘What’s Wrong with Bruce Arena’

As we know, the United States men’s soccer team failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup. This simple fact sent shockwaves throughout US soccer. Everyone, it seemed, has an opinion on what went wrong and what the nation has to do to improve. Few, however, are actually in any sort of position to affect change. In fact, many and most not only lack the necessary acumen to offer up meaningful critique but also only possess a range of influence extending over their like-minded social media bubble. Thus, when a major presence in US soccer speaks up, we need to ... Read more

Bruce Arena dials U.S. in for massive result at the Azteca

When the United States began the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying against Mexico in Columbus last November, then-U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann gambled – sending the Americans out in a never-before-used 3-5-2 formation. The result was a disaster. The 3-5-2 was abandoned after a half hour, with Mexico ahead 1-0. They would win the game 2-1, and Klinsmann would be fired just ten days later. Fast forward to Sunday night, with the U.S. preparing for the return match against Mexico in the cauldron of Estadio Azteca, and another gamble by an American manager. Bruce Arena, never shy, decided to ... Read more

US coach Arena calls Trump travel restrictions ‘sad’

Washington (AFP) – US football national team manager Bruce Arena is the latest high-profile coach to criticize President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and those seeking to enter America from seven majority-Muslim countries. “I think it’s sad because one thing we do in our sport is that we are a global sport,” Arena said in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday from Chattanooga, Tennessee. “We travel the world. We meet all kinds of people. And we conclude at the end that they are all beautiful people. “We have bad people in the world, we have bad people ... Read more

Eyes on World Cup as US coach Arena launches second coming

Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena will have his eyes firmly fixed on World Cup qualifying Sunday as he launches the first match of his second stint in charge with a friendly against Serbia. Arena, who returned to the helm last November following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann, has only two friendlies to assess his options before March’s crunch 2018 qualifiers against Honduras and Panama.  The 65-year-old coach was reappointed to resurrect the US qualifying campaign a decade after being dismissed from the job after the 2006 World Cup, when the US failed to get past the ... Read more

US to meet Serbia in Arena coaching debut

Los Angeles (AFP) – Bruce Arena launches his second spell as coach of the USA when the Americans take on Serbia in a friendly football match in San Diego on January 29. The former Los Angeles Galaxy boss was tapped to replace Jurgen Klinsmann at the helm last month. Former Germany player and coach Klinsmann was sacked after the United States dropped their first two matches in the final round of North American qualifying for the 2918 World Cup — losing 2-1 at home to arch-rival Mexico and 4-0 at Costa Rica. Arena, 65, guided the United States to the ... Read more

Arena will stress teamwork for USA to reach World Cup 2018

Los Angeles (AFP) – An older, wiser Bruce Arena returned to the US national team coaching role Tuesday after a 10-year absence, vowing talent and hard work will result in a 2018 World Cup berth. Arena, who had guided the team from 1998-2006 before taking charge of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy, was named to replace Jurgen Klinsmann, who was fired Monday after five years in the role. The Americans lost WC2018 qualifiers 2-1 at home to Mexico and 4-0 at Costa Rica, but their next qualifier is March 24 at home against Honduras, giving Arena time to revamp the ... Read more

Arena returns to coach US after Klinsmann sacked

Chicago (AFP) – Bruce Arena was rehired Tuesday for a second stint as United States head coach, replacing sacked German Jurgen Klinsmann. The 65-year-old American who guided the United States to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals during his previous tenure from 1998-2006, struck a new deal Tuesday through to the 2018 Russia World Cup. “I’m thrilled to be back with the national team,” Arena said. “I know we have a great challenge ahead but I believe we have a good pool of players to reach our ultimate goal of qualifying for Russia.” Arena had been coach and general manager of ... Read more

With Klinsmann’s firing, a new dawn awaits US Men’s National Team

Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports It’s over. Jurgen Klinsmann, five-and-a-half years after being hired to transform the United States men’s national team, has been fired. US Soccer President Sunil Gulati finally pulled the plug on his handpicked coach on Monday afternoon, six days after the US lost 4-0 in Costa Rica in one of its worst performances in recent times. Bruce Arena is expected to be announced as Klinsmann’s replacement on Tuesday. Gulati will speak to the media on Tuesday afternoon. This was a decision a long time in coming. The USA’s loss in Costa Rica was its worst in ... Read more