The winningest coach in U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team history Comes Back to the MLS
Bruce Arena, the five-time MLS Cup winner is the new coach and sporting director of MLS’ New England Revolution.
The former U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team Head Coach takes over after the team’s head coach Brad Friedel was dismissed last week.
“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,” Revolution Investor/Operator Robert Kraft said.
“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,” said Kraft.
“In my conversations with the Kraft family and (team 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 Bruce Arena.Source: SI – New England Revolution Hire Bruce Arena as Head Coach, Sporting Director
“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,” added Arena.
Will the 67-year-old Arena be able to get the New England Revolution to
In the MLS, Arena has coached D.C. United, New York Red Bulls, and LA Galaxy. Arena left the LA Galaxy to become the Head Coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT), a position he resigned from after the USA failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Hall Of Famer Brad Friedel is Out
Friedel, who was hired in 2018, finished in New England with a 12-21-13 record. His only previous head-coaching experience was a stint in charge of the U.S. under-19 men’s national team. Burns had entered his eighth year as GM, having previously served as the team’s director of player personnel. He also spent five seasons as a player with the Revs from 1996 to 2000.
Hired in 2018, Bradel Friedel was fired from the New England Revolution, finishing with a 12-21-13 record while in charge for less than two seasons. The Revolution stand a the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and now look to climb under Arena leadership.
A famously talented goalkeeper, Friedel’s previous coaching experience was limited to the U.S. Soccer’s U19 Men’s team. Friedel played in 17 seasons of the English Premier League and was a part of the USA team that made it to the 2000 Olympic semifinals and the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals.
A member of the 2018 NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME, Ohio born Friedel also won the 1992 MAC Hermann Trophy winner. Friedel went to UCLA.
The decisive coaching change occurred after New England lost their match to Chicago Fire last week 5-0. Worse than the score was the fact that the Rev let in 3 goals late in the game.