Arena To Be Named Galaxy Coach

Arena To Be Named Galaxy Coach

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 15, 2008
  • 6 Comments
  • Bruce Arena, Coaching Hires, Cobi Jones

The little talk we mentioned earlier in the day was now more of an interview than just a friendly chat. Why is that? Because Bruce Arena is taking the open coaching job with the LA Galaxy.

According to SBI, Arena will be joined on the Galaxy staff by former Chicago Fire head coach Dave Sarachan, who served as Arena’s assistant with the national team during the 2002 World Cup. No word on if current interim coach Cobi Jones will still be on the Galaxy coaching staff.

I said earlier that if you read between the lines from the comments that AEG President Tim Leiweke made, it seemed more like this would be Arena’s job to take.

“This won’t take long,” Leiweke said of the search for a new Galaxy coach. “We owe the team and the fans a quick conclusion to this process.”

Well we know now we took it. There was really little doubt in my mind that it wouldn’t be Arena taking this job. Arena has something to prove and this is probably the best place for him to do it (other than starting fresh with an expansion club). I do still hope to see Cobi Jones on his staff, it would be a shame to let him go after having with that club all of those years. Plus having Arena, Jones and Sarachan on one staff seems like a good deal to me if I am a Galaxy fan. You have two that can develop young players well and handle veteran players, then you have Jones who knows the ins and outs of this club. Hell, Jones has been there since day one.

I just wonder if we will see Bruce in a fancy Hollywood suit like Jones was wearing last night or if he will stick to the usual sports gear like nearly every other coach.

I’m sure more will come out of this in the coming days here over the weekend.

  • Kaiser

    As a Galaxy fan, I hope this is the right move. Arena is a smart guy, who knows the league, knows LD, knows Cobi, and he knows how to build a winner. They could have done worse, but they could have done better (Mariner).<br />
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    Cobi has to be part of this coaching staff! With Sarachan and Cobi that's a good support group around Arena. The question now is how much power does Arena have? Is he the GM, too? Leiweke seemed to want to give him total power over the organization…is that a good idea?

  • Kaiser

    As a Galaxy fan, I hope this is the right move. Arena is a smart guy, who knows the league, knows LD, knows Cobi, and he knows how to build a winner. They could have done worse, but they could have done better (Mariner).

    Cobi has to be part of this coaching staff! With Sarachan and Cobi that’s a good support group around Arena. The question now is how much power does Arena have? Is he the GM, too? Leiweke seemed to want to give him total power over the organization…is that a good idea?

  • Cannon Girl

    Although I'm jonesing for my Joe and his Quakes right about now (two weeks is a LONNNNNG time to wait to see my boys play), I actually enjoyed the Galaxy game last night and was very<br />
    impressed with the job Cobi did, but the mini melee after the game was a hoot! MLS players—and a coach—behaving badly—LOL!

  • Cannon Girl

    Here's an NFL update to really LOL about—the Bills beat the Steelers—WHO-HOOOOOOO!!<br />
    Scores of Pittsburgh fans are making excuses at this very moment—LOL!

  • Cannon Girl

    Although I’m jonesing for my Joe and his Quakes right about now (two weeks is a LONNNNNG time to wait to see my boys play), I actually enjoyed the Galaxy game last night and was very
    impressed with the job Cobi did, but the mini melee after the game was a hoot! MLS players—and a coach—behaving badly—LOL!

  • Cannon Girl

    Here’s an NFL update to really LOL about—the Bills beat the Steelers—WHO-HOOOOOOO!!
    Scores of Pittsburgh fans are making excuses at this very moment—LOL!