Bruce Arena named Revs' new head coach

Bruce Arena

Bruce Arena

New England Revolution have appointed Bruce Arena the club's new head coach and sporting director.

The 67-year-old Arena has coached 14 seasons in Major League Soccer, with a record of 202-121-89 with the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United and L.A. Galaxy.

Now in last place in the MLS Eastern Conference, the Revs had gone 12-21-13 since hiring Friedel as coach in November 2017. The league's top clubs-in Atlanta, Toronto, LA and Seattle-have built complete organizations from the top down, from first teams to USL reserve sides and academies, with sufficient infrastructure to support.

Arena first coached the United States from 1998-2006, a tenure that saw a strong World Cup performance in 2002 when the US reached the quarterfinals, but ended with a poor showing in 2006 when the USA failed to get out of the group stage, despite ending the tournament as the fifth-ranked team in the world.

He had two stints in charge of the U.S. Men's National Team, with both ending in disappointment and disaster. He won two MLS Cups with D.C. United and three more with the Los Angeles Galaxy, in addition to five College Cups at the University of Virginia.

"Bruce is one of the most successful coaches in American soccer history", Robert Kraft, the founder and CEO of the Kraft Group, the holding company for the Revs and the New England Patriots, said in a statement Tuesday.

Arena said in a statement that he understands the Kraft family has "high expectations for the club".

The Revolution have never won an MLS Cup but have been to the finals five times. However, Arena says he believes there is a "tremendous opportunity" for him to create a winning culture throughout the organization.

Arena is to take on sporting director duties in Boston with immediate effect, but a start date for his coaching commitments is yet to be determined.

Arena may have failed in that task, but retains the winningest record as coach of the USMNT.

Revolution President Brian Bilello said Arena shares the club's vision.