Bruce Arena was coach of the United States men’s national soccer team from 1998 to 2006. He has recently been brought back after the team suffered back-to-back losses in World Cup qualifying games. He is a smart guy with a good feel for the game and knows what needs to be done to make the team successful again.
Why is Arena the smart choice? Well, for one, he’s a fantastic manager, someone who’s shown an ability to win at every level. His Los Angeles Galaxy teams over the last decade have produced some of the most gorgeous, free-flowing, attacking soccer in MLS. He’s shown an ability to work with established veterans and rising stars, young and old alike.
Bruce Arena has a long history in the world of soccer. That history has been largely successful. He is a smart coach. He will do a good job to get the best performances from his people. He will have a budget to work with. It was a pragmatic decision to bring him on after Klinsmann, but he has the skills to be successful.
I understand the logic behind hiring Bruce Arena, but I think the U.S. needed a new face. Arena has already coached the U.S. and had some success. He's a good coach. However, a younger, smarter and more innovative coach would have been a better choice, in my opinion. The U.S. needs to find an edge, since it doesn't have an edge in talent over many European and South American countries. I don't think Arena will give them that edge.