Posted on August 18, 2008
Bruce Arena was been named General Manager and Head Coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy today.
Arena, who becomes the seventh coach in club history, will oversee all of the club’s soccer operations, including the first team, reserve and academy teams and youth development.
“While it has been a very difficult week, I believe the end result is a very positive step forward for the Galaxy,” said Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO AEG. “Bruce is the best coach for the Galaxy and certainly one of the best coaches in the history of the league. I am impressed with his passion, desire and focus and believe that his recent experiences with the U.S. National Team and Red Bulls have prepared and motivated him for this next challenge.”
“We have always felt that the Galaxy should aspire to be the club that sets the pace and tone in Major League Soccer,” Leiweke added. “I believe Bruce sees it the same way and will put us back in that position.”
The all-time winningest coach in U.S. National Team history, Arena led the U.S. to the FIFA World Cup twice, including a quarterfinal berth in 2002 in Japan/Korea. Arena took over as head coach in November 1998 and was in charge for nearly eight years, collecting a 71-30-29 all-time record.
“I am very excited to assume this position with the Los Angeles Galaxy,” said Arena. “I realize we have a lot of work ahead of us and I am optimistic that with the support of management, our coaching staff and the players, we will move forward to positioning this team to qualify for this season’s MLS playoffs. My ultimate goal is to win championships and build a club that all of our fans will be proud of,” Arena added.
A two-time MLS Cup winning coach, Arena is one of just three coaches ever to win the MLS Cup on more than one occasion and the only one of those coaches to have also won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The 57-year old Fairfax, Va. native has a career regular season record of 77-51-10 in MLS and a postseason mark of 14-5-2.