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Arena Takes Over Galaxy

As Goff reported here on the Insider on Friday, former D.C. United, New York Red Bulls and US men's national team coach Bruce Arena was named head coach and general manager of the L.A. Galaxy this morning.

Read about it here and here.

Not much to update you on from practice today. I spoke with a few guys for my advance that'll be up on the web tomorrow night and in the paper on Wednesday, and will probably head back out there tomorrow just to make sure I don't miss anything.

So, will Arena turn around the Galaxy? Will he make us forget about that stint with the Red Bulls?

Quick Update: No change on the status of Gallardo or Peralta, according to coach Tom Soehn. "Probable, possible, whatever. No change," Soehn said. GM Dave Kasper went into some detail about the scar tissue that had to be removed during Gallardo's hernia surgery, saying it was that part of the procedure that is now causing irritation and making the recovery more difficult. "The hernias are repaired but he's having a little bit of irritation," Kasper said. "Hopefully he gets back soon and we'll see how well he does this week."

I also asked Kasper why D.C. decided to opt to downgrade Joe Vide's contract to developmental instead of placing Domenic Mediate or Ben Olsen on the season-ending injured list and this is what he had to say: "Well Dom is getting closer, he's feeling better. He's doing some running, this week he'll start to join in a little bit. I think he's well on his way. And Benny is turning the corner a little bit as well. In the last week he's been doing more things in training, he's feeling better, he's going to do some running this week so we're still very hopeful."

Kasper also explained that the team had discussed the possibility of that move with Vide when they claimed him off waivers. Kasper said Vide is in United's long-term plans, that they are happy with him and that the move needed to be done in the short-term.

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 18, 2008; 2:29 PM ET
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Comments

...AND general manager? Wow

Posted by: Mark | August 18, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Any updates on Gallardo and Peralta? How likely is it that they will play on Wednesday?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see the excuses and who he throws under the bus after he leaves LA.

Posted by: TK | August 18, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I think we have already discussed this pretty thoroughly.

I see in the article that Beckham will be missing Thursday due to national team duty. What game are England playing? I read that he is going to China for the closing ceremonies of the Olympics to ride around the stadium in a double-decker bus. I suppose that is the hand-off/preview of the 2012 Olympics.

Posted by: Glenn | August 18, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

always think its a bad idea for a coach to also be a General Manager. Two different jobs requiring two different mentalities. Arena has a big ego but giving him the entire ring of keys to the kingdom isn't the answer. More hijinks in LA...

Posted by: -K | August 18, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh i just cant take any more 'benny-olsen-is-getting-better' teasers.. :/

Posted by: JB | August 18, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

No qualifier for England until Sept 10th.

Posted by: RK | August 18, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

RK: No qualifier for England until Sept 10th.

Actually ...
Sat 9/6 @Andorra
Wed 9/10 @Croatia

Posted by: Postmaster | August 18, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Transcript of today's news conference announcing Bruce Arena as coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy:

Reporter: Bruce, do you think you can turn the Galaxy around?

Arena: @%^!*$&@ ($*&#)$*## you.

Reporter: Bruce, what will it take get Beckham more involved?

Arena: ^$*!)#* *#$)@#&*$) *$)$#*$_+@# you.

Reporter: Will you have the supp

Arena: You *#)@#&@_"$* &#)@*#&@!

Reporter: Bruce, I wasn't finished with my-

Arena: Oh, &#@)$&!#$) ""$*#&(#*& you.

Reporter: -question.

Arena: Yes.

Galaxy official: Thank you everyone for attending. That will be all.

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 18, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I think England plays Czech. Rep on Wed.

Posted by: dcchilidog | August 18, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

@Glenn: Beckham will play in the England friendly on Wednesday vs. the Czech Republic.

Posted by: SSMD | August 18, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Arena as Head Coach & GM may work well considering his assistant, Dave Sarachan is a perfectly capable head coach. The plan may be for Arena to transfer to the GM position only and have Sarachan and Jones take the lead on the team.

If that's the case, I'd be shocked though. I'm not sure how much faith I'd put into the Galaxy's ability to actually plan for anything.

Posted by: TCompton | August 18, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Arena must have been desparet to have job and happy to have some $$$ flowing. oh boy let's see what happens.

Posted by: td | August 18, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear that the FO is communicating with Vide about his role with the team, that he's a part of their plans. That move could have been interpreted otherwise. Thumbs up for the FO for keeping Vide (and the rest of us)in the loop about what's going on.

Good stuff Paul. You're always welcome.

Posted by: jpeace121 | August 18, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Wed. CONCACAF QUALIFYING

El Salvador @ Costa Rica 1-2
Honduras @ Mexico 1-3
U.S.A @ Guatemala 1-1

What do you think?

Posted by: Takin Scores | August 18, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he can get together with Joe Torre and talk about all the good times they had with their teams that were actually capable of winning titles in the late 1990's.

Spago, table for 2?

Posted by: AM | August 18, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Yo Paul, way to bring it bud.
like the folks said above, nice move getting at Kasper!
Thank you.

Posted by: dadryan | August 18, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

thanks. As much as I hate LA it would be nice for them to take some points from Chicago right now.

Posted by: Glenn | August 18, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

is blanco playing against LA or is he with the mexican team?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Just guessing, but Blanco should be too old for NT duty.

Posted by: RK | August 18, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

RK,

Well so is Jaime Moreno, but he can still produce at a high level.

Posted by: United fury | August 18, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Bolivia isn't as stocked as Mexico, though.

OTOH, from Wiki:
After Sven-Göran Eriksson was signed to be the Mexico national coach, he observed Blanco in an MLS match. Eriksson was very impressed and plans on building his team around Blanco when he starts coaching Mexico in August for the WC qualifiers.

Posted by: RK | August 18, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Who wrote that in Wiki? Blanco's agent?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Remember, though, that SGE was at a Fire game the night before he became the Mexican manager.

Posted by: RK | August 18, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: steve-o | August 18, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Seems that Wilbon feels the same as Goff ;)


McLean, VA: Mike: I am still spending a significant amount of time tracking the Nationals and I was wondering if you could answer a question for me: Why am I doing this? Why?


Michael Wilbon: The Nationals? I don't recognize that as a professional team in America. Background please?

Posted by: RK | August 18, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Good find...except...Honduras and Mexico the two most talented sides in CONCACAF?:

Sven Goran Eriksson proved once again on Friday that he isn’t going to manage in a traditional fashion when he recalled Cuauhtemoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire to the National Team ahead of Wednesday’s massive qualifier at Estadio Azteca versus a very good Honduran side. This matchup between arguably the two most talented teams in CONCACAF

Posted by: RK | August 18, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"Good find...except...Honduras and Mexico the two most talented sides in CONCACAF?:

Sven Goran Eriksson proved once again on Friday that he isn’t going to manage in a traditional fashion when he recalled Cuauhtemoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire to the National Team ahead of Wednesday’s massive qualifier at Estadio Azteca versus a very good Honduran side. This matchup between arguably the two most talented teams in CONCACAF"

Posted by: RK | August 18, 2008 4:56 PM

RK, you need to understand that, in this context, "talented" means "underachievers who seem to have great lineups".

Posted by: garbaggio | August 18, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know what will happen to Cobi Jones? Arena is bringing his own Assistant Coach, and I was just curious. Hopefully AEG won't screw him over...

Posted by: CFCbluesCFC | August 18, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know what is going on with Reis?

Posted by: Darth Hater | August 18, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

According to an article on MLSnet titled Revs make no excuses for rout, Reis is fine and his coming out of the game on Saturday was precautionary

Posted by: United fury | August 18, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Reis is hunted by hunters. Hope he is not available on wed.

Posted by: hunter | August 18, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey MItts fans!
I don't know how to paste links, so I am just letting you know Steinberg has a little something about her on his blog.

Posted by: dadryan | August 18, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Cobi is staying w/ LA as an assistant.

Posted by: RK | August 18, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

is it safe to assume that we will be without Guerrero on Wednesday night? With him and Martinez out that could cause us some trouble.

Posted by: Glenn | August 18, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Cobi jones has tiny cloven hooves like some sort of dwarfed goat. He and shep messing are the only two soccer players I have had nightmares about. Good news for us about blanco getting called up.

Posted by: pigman sweet | August 18, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Good move by the Galaxy. Let's see if they are savvy enough to make a long-term commitment, unlike NY.

Posted by: FC | August 18, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't expect any new threads to be started in the next 12 hours or so. And in nine hours, the Olympic men's semis will be underway, and will presumably be discussed in this thread. Any thoughts/predictions?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 18, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

"Good move by the Galaxy. Let's see if they are savvy enough to make a long-term commitment, unlike NY."

The deluxe contract that Arena delivered to Claudio Reyna crippled the team. One of the worst personnel decisions in league history. Who knows what further damage Arena could have done to the team? A five year DP deal for Gregg Berhalter?

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 18, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Wuz happenin' MJ?
Hey, it appears that Goff is scheduled for a chit chat online on Wednesday @ 1pm... Is that a typo? I was checking back and couldn't find Steve mentioning it...

Canadian Tramp Tramps...

Posted by: dadryan | August 18, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have reliable info about the schedule for which NBC Olympic channels are televising tomorrow morning's mens semifinals?

I don't get the Olympic soccer channel although Comcast says I do (just a black screen). MSNBC and Telemundo seem the most likely candidates but MSNBC may cut to commercials while the local Telemundo affiliate has been pre-empting the broadcasts for its prepaid multi-hour infomercials.

NBColympics.com says Nigeria vs Belgium is at 6 am our time while Argentina vs Brazil is 9 am our time.

This other site has the order of the games reversed:

http://www.livesoccertv.com/competitions/olympics/

Just trying to figure out how to record these. If I get reliable information.

Posted by: garbaggio | August 18, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

The FIFA site says that Belgium and Nigeria go first:

http://www.fifa.com/mensolympic/matches/index.html

The two English-language basic cable channels that have been taking turns showing football are MSNBC and USA. It appears that MSNBC will be doing the honors tomorrow:

http://www.nbcolympics.com/tv_and_online_listings/zone=ET/day=11/sport=FB/index.html

Posted by: The Jeff | August 18, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Jeff!

I just happened to see an ad during Olympics coverage which seemed to indicate MSNBC would focus on Argentina - Brazil at 9 am tomorrow. Doesn't mean they won't cut away for commercials but at this point MSNBC has to be more reliable than our local infomercial-crazy Telemundo affiliate.

Posted by: garbaggio | August 18, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Cobi Jones = undefeated as head coach.

Posted by: boda united | August 18, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I had said that Arena would not take the job unless he received control over all soccer operations. That what he got as President and GM. I was right about that but I was wrong to assume that Leiweke wouldn't give anybody that much control.

Then again, Leiweke wants to survive. If Arena doesn't work out, Leiweke's gone. Count on it.

BTW, I like this hire, if only for the fact that if Leiweke tries to mess with Arena the way he did with Yallop, Arena will tear him limb from limb -- subtly and rhetorically, of course, but tear him up nonetheless.

I hope Leiweke tries to mess w/Arena. He deserves the consequences

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | August 18, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Arena as Head Coach & GM may work well considering his assistant, Dave Sarachan is a perfectly capable head coach.

Posted by: TCompton | August 18, 2008 3:19 PM

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If you honestly believe that, then you sir,are dumb.

Dave Sarachan was the genius who thought it was a good idea to put the 6'5" Nate Jaqua on the RIGHT WING, instead of up front as a target man. [Where he has found a bit of success in Europe, BTW.]

Dave Sarachan was the moron who drafted JEFF CURTIN in the 2nd round instead of Altidore! This, when the FIRE already had Jim Curtin, Tony Sanneh, CJ Brown, and others in the center of defense!

Dave Sarachan was the mope who decided it would be a good idea to put the utterly, completely, and totally left-footed Justin Mapp on the right, instead of going out and finding an actual right-footed MF!

Dave Sarachan gave us the Chris Armas-Jesse Marsch center MF, and depleted the team of all creativity!

Dave Sarachan was the moron who ran Ante Razov off the team!


Sorry, but Dave Sarachan is a clown, an idiot, a moron, and is soccer-stupid. He is a nice guy, but a complete and utter soccer incompetent. The fact that he hasn't been run out of the industry speaks VOLUMES about the weak and worthless state of coaching in this game in this country.

Coupling Dave Sarachan with a fat egomaniac like Bruce Arena will be a travesty. Arena by himself is a joke. But Arena PLUS Sarachan will put soccer back about 5 years in LA. Remember, Arena was the clown who gave a DP contract to a 35 year old and oft-injured holding MF.

Posted by: Wow. | August 19, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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