Bruce being Bruce.
New England Revolution head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena was none too pleased about his side's 3-2 loss to struggling Toronto FC on Wednesday night, their first defeat of the 2021 season at home. He didn't hide his frustrations in the post-game press conference.
"What role? Shakespeare," Arena deadpanned when asked about the positioning of midfielder Tommy McNamara, a halftime substitute.
"What do you mean by slow? That's fast," Arena said. "That's fast to go down three goals."
The legendary American manager, who had two stints in charge of the US men's national team and won five MLS Cups as he built dynasties with both D.C. United and the LA Galaxy, is known for his directness and dry sense of humor when fulfilling media responsibilities.
"We didn't go to a 4-2-3-1," Arena said. "So you don't even need to worry about becoming a tactical genius because that's not what we were doing."
Arena took over the Revolution during the 2019 season and has led them to back-to-back playoff runs, including a trip to the Eastern Conference final in 2020. New England are currently atop the East with 24 points after 13 matches, trailing only the Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City and the Galaxy in the Supporters' Shield race.