The New England Revolution named Bruce Arena sporting director and head coach Tuesday morning.
Arena is a former United States men’s national team coach and a five-time MLS Cup champion — twice with D.C. United and three times with the Los Angeles Galaxy — and brings more than 40 years of coaching experience at the international and domestic levels to the Revolution, whose last two coaches lack experience.
“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 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.”
The Revolution will introduce Arena, 67, Thursday morning. He will immediately assume all responsibilities as sporting director, and the Revolution’s current technical staff will remain in place until a coaching start date is chosen.
“It was evident when talking with Bruce that we share a vision for the future of the Revolution and we look forward to having him oversee our soccer organization,” Revolution president Brian Bilello said. “We believe that now is the time for a change in leadership and there is no one better suited to usher in a new era of success in New England.”
Arena, who coached the United States in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, received criticism for being in charge when the U.S. men failed to qualify for the 2018 men’s World Cup.
He’s won three MLS Supporters’ Shields, seven MLS conference championships, one U.S. Open Cup title, one Concacaf Champions’ Cup and he is a three-time MLS Coach of the Year.