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Name Bruce Arena
Gender Male
Ethnic American
Job American Football Coach

Affiliation

Org USA National Team
Club as Coach New England Revolution
  LA Galaxy

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[Manager of LA Galaxy Bruce Arena on David Beckham] David is such a great competitor [. . .]. My four years working with him is one of the great honors of my life. I found him to be a player with incredible skills on the field as we all know, one of the greatest passers that the game has ever seen. Just a great personality and incredible competitor, who did wonderful things for our club and our game

2016 01 30 Retrieve

[LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena on ‘taking a gamble’ by bringing Ashley Cole to Carson, California] Whether you think it’s a risk or a gamble, these are the risks and gambles that you take. Ashley Cole has a great history. We know that doesn’t necessarily translate on the field when you come to Major League Soccer, but my interactions over the last couple of months show me he’s a player that has a strong desire to play here in Los Angeles. He’s very fit and has a burning desire to get back on the field and prove to people he can still play. I have a hard time believing he won’t be one of the better left-backs in our league

2017 10 05 Retrieve

[U.S. coach Bruce Arena addresses Fabian Johnson’s absence] We just put together a roster we thought could be successful in these two games. I think Fabian is a very good player. As we continue to move forward with the national team, I would suspect he’s going to be in camps down the road.

I don’t think any one particular player benefits from [Johnson’s absence]

2017 10 14 Retrieve

[Bruce Arena announce his resignation as USA manager after the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup] When I took the job last November, I knew there was a great challenge ahead, probably more than most people could appreciate. Everyone involved in the program gave everything they had for the last 11 months and, in the end, we came up short. No excuses. We didn’t get the job done, and I accept responsibility

2019 05 14 Retrieve

[Former USMNT coach Arena fills New England Revolution posts] In my conversations with the Kraft family and 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.

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

2019 08 03 Retrieve

[Bruce Arena on facing long-time friend and LAFC coach Bob Bradley, whose assistant coach is Bruce’s son Kenny] Bob Bradley was my son’s first babysitter, so we go back a long way. I’m not sure I’ve ever coached against my son actually, this will be interesting. If a fight breaks out, I’m going to take him

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Bruce Arena is Landon Donovan’s boss for 14 years] He has a great interest in people, and he’s a really good person,. I never would’ve thought Landon would be a coach, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s good at it

[Donovan has restless soul] If you track what he’s done since he [first] retired, he’s been looking for something. He’s been bored. He can’t get away from the sport

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Bruce Arena points out, the rush into South America by deep-pocketed teams like LAFC and Atlanta has driven up the price of the continent’s players dramatically over the past two seasons] South American now is almost cost-prohibitive. Because of the money being spent there by Atlanta and LAFC, everyone thinks in South America now that the teams in MLS have a lot of money to spend. It’s becoming now too expensive

[The league’s Hispanic fan base, the fastest-growing segment of its audience] MLS was moving in the direction it was moving in because of the demographics in the United States. And from a commercial perspective, a marketing perspective, a branding perspective, certainly the Hispanic market is huge. And we must attract that market to our league. That’s part of the emphasis in the players you recruit as well. However those things do change

Every market’s going to be a little bit different. Galaxy has decided what their team’s going to look like. I would not be surprised if they signed more players from Argentina. That’s going to be their team. The Portlands and the Seattles and the Torontos, they’re all going to be balanced a little bit differently the way they recruit players. So everything is going to be unique. And I think that’s kind of the beautiful part of MLS. It’s tremendous. That’s what our country is too is it not? Our country is diverse and I think our league will be diverse

[That’s a big break from the past, said Arena, who was one of the original coaches when the league launched in 1996] That used to be the MLS: Teams that looked fairly common to each other. There wasn’t much of a difference. And now it’s got great variety. I think it’s tremendous.