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Who is Bruce Arena? A profile of the “new” leader for United States men’s soccer

COACHING PROFILE: BRUCE ARENA

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Born: September 21st, 1951

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Playing Career: 1968-1976

Coaching Career: 1973-Present

Current Position: Head Coach, United States Men’s National Soccer Team

Playing History

  • Youth Career
    • 1968 – Hota
    • 1969-1971 – Nassau Lions
    • 1971-1973 – Cornell Big Red
  • Senior Career
    • 1976 – Tacoma Tides
  • National Team Career
    • 1973 – United States

Coaching Career

  • Cornell (Assistant Coach), 1973
  • University of Puget Sound, 1976
  • University of Virginia (Lacrosse Assistant Coach), 1978-85
  • University of Virginia (Soccer Head Coach), 1978-96
  • United States U-23, 1995-96
  • D. C. United, 1996-98
  • United States Men’s National Soccer Team, 1998-2006
  • New York Red Bulls, 2006-07
  • L. A. Galaxy, 2008-16
  • United States Men’s National Soccer Team, 2016-

Accolades

  • 5 MLS Championships (1996, 1997 with D. C. United & 2011, 2012, 2014 with L. A. Galaxy)
  • 7 MLS Conference Championships (1996, 1997, 1998 with D. C. United & 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 with L. A. Galaxy)
  • 2 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championships (2002 & 2005)
  • 3 MLS Coach of the Year Awards (1997 with D. C. United & 2009, 2011 with L. A. Galaxy)
  • Career Win Percentage of 51.61%
  • 10 MLS playoff appearances in 11 years of coaching

International Results

  • 1998 World Cup in France – Group Stage, 32nd Place
  • 2002 World Cup in South Korea/Japan – Quarterfinals, 8th Place
  • 2006 World Cup in Germany – Group Stage, 25th

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