Arena to be Named Head Coach Today

Arena to be Named Head Coach Today

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 18, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • Bruce Arena, Coaching Hires, Cobi Jones, Dave Sarachan

The LA Galaxy will introduce former US National team coach Bruce Arena as the team’s new head coach at a press conference scheduled for 1pm CT today.

Arena and assistant coach Dave Sarachan will take over for the Galaxy and have their first game against Chicago this Thursday in Primetime action. Cobi Jones is expected to remain on the Galaxy coaching staff.

The move comes a week after previous coach Ruud Gullit resigned and president and general manager Alexi Lalas was fired.

It will be the third coaching stop in MLS for Arena, who resigned as coach of the New York Red Bulls in November after they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

The 56-year-old led DC United to back-to-back MLS titles in 1996 and in 1997 before leaving to become the US national coach in two World Cups.

Its been asked before, what do you make of this coaching change? And do you like the coaching staff of Jones and Sarachan with Arena. I think those three are a solid staff of coaches here.

  • Kaiser

    I wasn't a big fan of the hire initially, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. The main reason is that it provides the organization some stability (and we all know it needs that). The Lalas Era didn't have any stability and questionable decision making. I won't agree with every decision Arena makes, but at least he knows what he is doing…and he has built a winner in the past. Plus with Sarachan and Cobi he will have a good group of coaches. <br />
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    Still not sure, though…is Arena the GM, too? If not who is? Will it still be Bravo?

  • Richaldino

    Meaningless for the G-Men unless Arena brings Eddie Lewis with him

  • Kaiser

    I wasn’t a big fan of the hire initially, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. The main reason is that it provides the organization some stability (and we all know it needs that). The Lalas Era didn’t have any stability and questionable decision making. I won’t agree with every decision Arena makes, but at least he knows what he is doing…and he has built a winner in the past. Plus with Sarachan and Cobi he will have a good group of coaches.

    Still not sure, though…is Arena the GM, too? If not who is? Will it still be Bravo?

  • Richaldino

    Meaningless for the G-Men unless Arena brings Eddie Lewis with him