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Arena Ball

Well, that was quick.

Bruce Arena is close to reaching a deal to become coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy, sources told the Insider late this afternoon.

What are your thoughts about Arena returning to MLS and taking over another high-profile, but highly troubled, club?

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2008; 5:32 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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God help him & I wish him well, but I expect him to fail.


Posted by: maw | August 15, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I think it will be really good for that team. It may be tough, but Bruce can do it! Good luck to him!

Posted by: kris | August 15, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I wish he was coming here. Best of luck. Poor Coby.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | August 15, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Re-posted from the Cooper thread:

I'm staying out of this until Chest Rockwell chimes in. Then I'll agree with him.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 15, 2008 5:27 PM

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 15, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

It will be fun to watch...

Posted by: Johnny | August 15, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

How is this any different from NY? Two stars and not enough money to make the rest of the team good enough to compete. Arena will fail.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

God help him & I wish him well, but I expect him to fail.

Posted by: maw | August 15, 2008 5:37 PM
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I agree. I wish him well but...I have a hard time believing that this is going to turn out well.

Posted by: Not a Good Idea | August 15, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Bruce's first job should be to fill the front office with...a....non-dumbasses

Posted by: Murr | August 15, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

American soccer fans are always so pessimistic. Who else would do a better job guiding the Galaxy? I think Arena will do a fine job, just as he would have done if Red Bull would have given him more time. It takes some time to transition from club to international soccer and vice-versa.

Posted by: Nic | August 15, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

arena is the most overrated oversold imposter in usa soccer - after bobby - the us natl team is a summer camp for mikey -bradley. world cup 2006...disaster and took none of the responsibility. ny red bulls....disaster and...u got it, took none of the responsibility...except making reyna despise him forever. he'll go 5-4-5 with la and like sigi schmid be called a soccer genius

Posted by: jmo | August 15, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

ugh. the merry-go-round continues. i hope i'm wrong, but i suspect this time next year, 2010 tops we'll be talking about who the next coach is... i just hope we're also talking about leiweke getting the boot as well.

Posted by: dashiel | August 15, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the only thing holding up the deal is the Galaxy have to compensate the Wizards for taking their color analyst.

Posted by: AM | August 15, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

This appointment offers only marginal improvement over Gullit. Arena is not a very good manager. His previous run at DCU was marked by a team that had overwhelming talent relative to the rest of the league. Caught some breaks in the 2002 WC and reverted to form in 2006. Galaxy won't improve much.

Posted by: Orange14 | August 15, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

American soccer fans are always so pessimistic. Who else would do a better job guiding the Galaxy? I think Arena will do a fine job, just as he would have done if Red Bull would have given him more time. It takes some time to transition from club to international soccer and vice-versa.

Posted by: Nic | August 15, 2008 5:59 PM

Yeah, but how long will the Galaxy's FO be willing to give The Bruce to turn the team around? I'd guess it'll be at least a 1-2 year project to right that sinking ship. Will the FO be patient? Although having said that, look how patient (a/k/a stupid) they were with Lalas. Will they give The Bruce as many years?

Posted by: Beaker | August 15, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Arena is no longer the winner that he used to be, and I don't think he'll be any more successful in LA than he was in NY. I wish he had quit when he was on top, but at least I'll draw pleasure from LA's continued suckiness.

Posted by: Rock on! | August 15, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Is there a specific website that informs of all the MLS transactions that have to happen by today the last day of transfers?

Posted by: DCU Fan in Socal | August 15, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

he'll go 5-4-5 with la and like sigi schmid be called a soccer genius

Posted by: jmo | August 15, 2008 6:00 PM

Whats wrong with Sigi? He coached them to how many winning seasons. Letting him go was the stupidest mistake the Galaxy made since getting Lalas. LA was in first place.

Posted by: United fury | August 15, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to him, but if this ends like Red Bull it will really tarnish his image. I hope he's given the control over personnel decisions he'll need.

Posted by: Texas Addick | August 15, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

He was dead to me after the abysmal World Cup. Then, when he signed with the Metros, he was more deader. When he lost that job he went back to being just regular dead again. Signing with L.A. does not resurrect him.

Posted by: Joe S. | August 15, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Is he going to take Richie Williams and Harkes with him too?

That crack staff did wonders for the Red Bulls.

Posted by: delantero | August 15, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

You know, I just don't think it's that hard to turn around in the MLS.

The league is made so that almost every team has a chance to win every year. Just a couple decent moves and you end up winning about four more than you lose and - bam - you are in the playoffs.

I'm sure Arena will do fine. LA just needs to jettison Ruiz and use that money on some defense (they might want to consider giving their backup keeper a chance too) and they are just as good, or better, than 90 percent of the league.

Posted by: scott47a | August 15, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Although having said that, look how patient (a/k/a stupid) they were with Lalas.

Beaker, the Galaxy was patient w/Lalas because Lalas was the ultimate corporate suck-up w/no backbone. Arena is anything but a corporate suck-up.

I really can't believe that Arena would take this job, knowing how loony Galaxy management is -- especially since he might very well be working w/a president or GM with whom he might clash. Is Arena going to have imput into that or will that solely be Leiweke's decision?

Leiweke should be prepared for a rocky ride because Arena will not tolerate corporate BS for very long -- especially from terminal incompetents like Leiweke.

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | August 15, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

yep, I hated Arena at UVa. Had to like him or at least tolerate him at DCU and the USMNT. But could happily go back to hating him when he signed on with NJ. And now he decides to go to the team I love to hate the most, so I can hate his smugness all over again.

I think he will do a bit better, but they've got no players. Too much salary tied up in too few players.

What happened with Landon going to England or wherever? Has that talk all died down now?

Posted by: Glenn | August 15, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

snore...

Posted by: grumpy | August 15, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

beheehahahahehehahah

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

American soccer fans are always so pessimistic. Who else would do a better job guiding the Galaxy? I think Arena will do a fine job, just as he would have done if Red Bull would have given him more time. It takes some time to transition from club to international soccer and vice-versa.

Posted by: Nic | August 15, 2008 5:59 PM

Agree wholeheartedly.

The only way Bruce takes this job is that he gets all say in soccer matters. Leiweke is ready to grant that. 19 Entertainment must take the backseat. Leiweke is ready to mandate that.

Yes, this club has been a mess since dumping Sigi (and they won a championship in the midst of the mess), but losing Lalas is the key to the turnaround. Next to go is Bravo. Ruiz might have to wait a while.

Could this lead to more failure? Sure. But it also could be the smartest thing the Galaxy has done since AEG arrived.

Posted by: Troy | August 15, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

is anyone surprised by this development after last nights telecast?

Posted by: JSF | August 15, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Lalas was Lie-weekly's creature, zombie if you will. I have a hard time believing that Lie-weekly will be able to coexist with the massive ego that is Bruce Arena.

Posted by: Metzeng | August 15, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

He will fail and the worst part is to make beckham look bad

Posted by: boo | August 15, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

When was the last time that Arena was successful as a coach? I'd say the 02 World Cup. That's a lifetime in soccer and it's even longer since he was successful in MLS. The league has changed and he hasn't adapted to those changes.

Posted by: Jared | August 15, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Monkey man back!!!

Posted by: bruster | August 15, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

yep, I hated Arena at UVa. Had to like him or at least tolerate him at DCU and the USMNT. But could happily go back to hating him when he signed on with NJ. And now he decides to go to the team I love to hate the most, so I can hate his smugness all over again.

Glenn

I pretty much feel the same way about him. My disdain began when he was still coaching youth teams in the Richmond area though.

Posted by: sitruc | August 15, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

It's easy to turn an MLS team around when your only real problem is a lack of talent. When you have poor quality players combined with massive salaries, it's much more difficult. No one in MLS wants to take any of the numerous albatrosses from LA's neck save perhaps Ruiz.

AEG is going to have to change a lot of their traditional ways to make this work. They'll have to tolerate Bruce calling them out when they act stupid. They're going to have to give him more than one season. They're going to have to put 19 Entertainment's concerns on the back burner. If all of these things happen, then Bruce could bring LA back to respectability. If we're being realistic, they're only 2 good players (center back, defensive midfield) from being a contender. When you have an offense that can score so many goals despite having no central midfield presence and no balance (you know they're attacking from the right every single time), you can go pretty far in MLS with even modest defending. I don't think he'll have the success he had in DC, but I do think LA will no longer be such a train wreck.

All that said, I don't expect AEG to change much. I think they'll give Bruce a season tops, and will take his normal caustic comments too personally. During the broadcast last night, Leiweke said he was just talking to Bruce to get his input on what they do right and what they do wrong. The problems in LA go all the way to the top, and I have seen no evidence that Leiweke and AEG are capable of blaming themselves and making changes. They're much more comfortable letting the excrement roll downhill.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 15, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The "Ego" has landed.

Posted by: NotHim | August 15, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

From Sexy to Ugly.

Posted by: Yikes | August 15, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

As a DCU fan I would be more worried if Nowak had gotten the job.

Posted by: JMR | August 15, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

If LA were smart, they'd pay through the nose to get Nowak. Arena couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag. DCU didn't rise to the top at the beginning of MLS because of Arena, they rose to the top because their squad was head and shoulders above the others. Thirteen years later when parity has truly hit, it is the coach that makes the team, and Arena has nothing to offer.

Posted by: Gary B. | August 15, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Yo JSF! There was a game on last night? I thought it was just shots of Arena preening with his phone, and dude'going on and on about him... I could hardly tell a game was being played at all..
Last nights superclasico was nearly as lame as the allstar game.

Posted by: dadryan | August 16, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Goff, can you ask your sources if they've heard anything about Hugo Sanchez becoming their new coach?

Posted by: RC13 | August 16, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Bruce used to make savvy moves. This strikes me as a thoughtless move. This is not an organization to get involved with. Bruce is no longer looking for the smart things in an organization. That is what used to separate him from the pack.

Posted by: Savvy | August 16, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

what about the new info that LA might sign Hugo Sanchez? I guess everyone is waiting and watching.

as long as Cobi is still an Assistant Coach, all I care about is that into the playoffs!

Posted by: MattJack | August 16, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

I wish him all the best and hope he succeeds. He's been in a slump as a manger for a while, but maybe he can turn it around.

I disagree wholeheartedly with the poster who said that Arena was a poor coach riding the coattails of a great squad while with DC. The squad was good, I'll give you that, but he made so many of those players what they were. He introduced that diamond 442 and the beautiful short-passing, switch the point of attack style that was such a joy to watch. Do you think that great chemisty is just something that happens by accident? It's a by-product of good coaching and DC had it in spades.

So many players became great pros and/or played the best football of their careers under his guidance:

Etcheverry
Moreno
Diaz-Arce
Sanneh
Williams
Llamosa
Pope
Maessner

A lot of these guys were no-names when they got to DC, and some went right back to no-name status when they left. It was the system that he installed and his ability to put people in a position to succeed, and therefore grow, that made him easily the best domestic-grown manager we've ever had as a nation.

I admit that the man is off his game and has been for a while, but I'm getting tired of people bashing him and trying to tarnish his legacy. For what he did with DC United and what he did with the national team, particularly the 2002 WC performance, he'll always be a legend to me.

Posted by: uranderson | August 16, 2008 5:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm available for central defense.

Posted by: George Gelnovatch | August 16, 2008 6:31 AM | Report abuse

uranderson, I think you're right about Arena. Except for the MetroCows, he's won everywhere he's ever coached. That rarely happens by accident. WC 2006 was disappointing to us fans, but I don't think people really appreciate how much more difficult a European WC is for non-European teams.

Posted by: Ash | August 16, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

At least Landon will be happy. He's such an average coach. Nothing will change for LA.

Posted by: hacksaw | August 16, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

I wish Bruce every success. It could work out very well. I want to believe that he learned from his experience in NY.
What WE learned from his experience in NY is that Bruce has a losing record when there are no Virginia players who he has coached for years on his roster. That's going to be the same in LA. This will be a great test. No idea what will happen.

Posted by: David | August 16, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Arena usually finds a way to get the best out of his players, in part b/c he is up front with them. I think he wants to leave the game on top, so he will work hard to rebound from a poor 2006 WC, which is his current legacy. Let's also look inward on poor coaching choices by the FO. I still cringe whenever I hear Rongen's monotone voice. Nice guy, but he had a horrible stretch for DCU. Lalas will likely pick up the guitar again and go back to being a groupie. We know he will have sunk lower when he brings back the Quaker Oats goatie. Send him to Tino for life counseling.

Posted by: MR Caretaker | August 16, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Correction, the Robert Bork Quaker Oats goatie.

Posted by: MR Caretaker | August 16, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Anyone watching the Olys?

Brazil waits until the first overtime period (yes I wrote "overtime" to annoy the purists) to score two sweet goals in the run of play against Cameroon. 2:0 fianl score.

Messi punishes the Netherlands early in the first 1:0 in the 20th.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 16, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

MSNBC has ARG-NED on. Messi just scored. I was just exposed to my first commercial interruption of the tournament. Since heretofore I watched only games involving the two USA sides, I had been spared until now. In the early matches, it was Brazil over Cameroon after 120, and Belgium over Italy. That kid from New Joisey is the top scorer in the tournament at the moment, but that won't last long.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 16, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

The Dutch have pulled level with the Alibicelestes.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 16, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

That kid from New Joisey is the top scorer in the tournament at the moment, but that won't last long.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 16, 2008 9:29 AM
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And people wonder why is dad always picks him for the team. Oh, not that kid for Joisey?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 16, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Arena is the best American soccer coach ever. Who else has had his success at the NCAA, MLS and World Cup level?

Posted by: Mikey | August 16, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 16, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Arena's real problem is he thinks he's awesome...he's not. Anyone else remember when he was shopping himself around Europe after WC 06? Nothing has made me laugh much harder in the time since. He's arrogant to the extreme, the Czech - US game the whole team continued sending up long balls towards McBride, meanwhile the entire Czech team averages a full foot taller than the americans. He's an idiot and a poor coach. Definitely won't be the one to turn LA around. They'll win one or two with the New Coach effect, but then it'll be slump city.

Posted by: JBskynet | August 16, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of McBride, it sounds like tonight will be the start of the Blanco - McBride attack.

That would be a great game to be attending, have fun Goff.

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 16, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I have been spoiled by the Oly soccer channel. This terrible MSNBC/UniversalHD coverage of ITA-BEL is killing me with all of the commercials! Every five minutes they are taking a 2 minute break! Grrr.

What a bizarre game though! Red cards! PKs! A pretty clear non-goal, goal! And to cap it off the Italians are losing despite having a man advantage for most of the game.

Posted by: Glenn | August 16, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Chest Rockwell, those were some of the most insightful comments on the situation that I've read on this thread. Contrats.

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | August 16, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

A bit OT, but while we have a bit of downtime here, I wish to note an Olympic team with distinctive connections to this region; namely, the USA women's field hockey team. There are several players from ODU on the squad, and virtually everyone else hails from ACC schools. Also, many of the members of the squad played their high school ball in Olsen/Gros country. They've done better than expected, including a 2-2 draw with Argentina, the second-ranked team in the world, in their opener. However, with only 4 of 12 teams getting past the first round, there is just a sliver of a chance that they will advance at this point.

http://www.usfieldhockey.com/news/2008/olympic_roster.html

Posted by: The Jeff | August 16, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I switched to telemundo at the first comercial break.

Posted by: mifflin | August 16, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

May not be the right place to post, but seems like its time to pack up and head to PG county. Goff, any reaction from the club?
http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/may/30/no-stadium-boondoggle/

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

No TV coverage of the UNITED match tonight?!! &*(^%@#!!!

Posted by: delantero | August 16, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The wheels on the MLS coaching bus go round and round...

Posted by: Beloved Cartoon Mouse | August 16, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"I switched to telemundo at the first comercial break."

Posted by: mifflin | August 16, 2008 3:30 PM

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Telemundo was a complete travesty this morning. Just like did near the end of a US women's game earlier they cut away to a pre-paid infomercial.

This morning was even worse as they cut away from Argentina - Holland after about 20 minutes! I left the house to go play soccer and came back to some BS pre-programmed stuff about the quacky medicinal values of Chinese tea on my VCR. Then since Argentina - Holland went to OT they caught the last 5 minutes of extra time after the 2 hour-long infomercials.

The local Telemundo affiliate is pathetic and inexcusably incompetent.

Posted by: garbaggio | August 16, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

The DCU match is on if you have DirectKick you should be able to watch. Or if you can find a place showing it.

Posted by: Glenn | August 16, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Bruce is a bad coach. He always strikes me that soccer (football) is not passionate to him. He couldn't kick a beach ball, but that doesn't make him a bad coach. If he fails in LA, I would be very, very suprised if he's hired again in our league. Suprisingly no-one has hired him outside of the USA? Why?

Posted by: mark | August 16, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

May not be the right place to post, but seems like its time to pack up and head to PG county. Goff, any reaction from the club?
http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/may/30/no-stadium-boondoggle/

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 5:11 PM
..........................................

This editorial is two and a half months old. The fact that it generated essentially no discussion when it was first published is an indication of how little impact the WT, with its microscopic circulation, actually has.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 16, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Arena's real problem is he thinks he's awesome...he's not. Anyone else remember when he was shopping himself around Europe after WC 06? Nothing has made me laugh much harder in the time since. He's arrogant to the extreme, the Czech - US game the whole team continued sending up long balls towards McBride, meanwhile the entire Czech team averages a full foot taller than the americans. He's an idiot and a poor coach. Definitely won't be the one to turn LA around. They'll win one or two with the New Coach effect, but then it'll be slump city.

Posted by: JBskynet | August 16, 2008 12:06 PM


Any team that's dumb enough to hire a fat egomaniac like Bruce Arena is doomed to suck-city. Any team that's dumb enough to hire a guy dumb enough to give an over-the-hill holding MF [Reyna] a DP contract WILL suck mightily.

Moreover, any coach dumb enough to hire a moron like Dave Sarachan obviously has let the game pass him by.


Hires like this are one reason out of many that soccer in this country is not progressing. Any mope can get lucky when the ref misses an obvious handball in the box by John O'Brien. Any moron can get lucky when the league gifts you player after player. Arena sucks, and will be exposed as the fat moron that he is.

Cheers!

Posted by: Arena's Ego | August 18, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

All this falls into my "whatever" bucket.

I really could care less if Arena is the coach/GM of Galaxy...

Posted by: bobf | August 18, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

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