Bruce Arena and Pablo Mastroeni ahead of the 2006 World Cup
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Pablo Mastroeni becomes eighth USMNT World Cup veteran to reunite with Bruce Arena in MLS

Stick with what works for you. That's been Bruce Arena's formula in MLS.

And on Monday, the LA Galaxy coach continued his trend of acquiring guys who went to war for him during his days as US national team boss. Arena's acquisition of Pablo Mastroeni from Colorado makes the two-time World Cup veteran the eighth member of Arena's 2002 and '06 World Cup squads to be reunited with the former USMNT boss as players.

Although Arena "inherited" Landon Donovan when he became Galaxy coach in 2008, he has sought out the other seven players, including Clint Mathis, who he brought to both the New York Red Bulls and Galaxy in his tenures with each club.

READ: Donovan admits missing USMNT, looks to focus on Galaxy form before recall

To this point, three of the World Cup veterans acquired or inherited, Donovan, Gregg Berhalter and Frankie Hejduk, won MLS Cups with Arena's teams. Could Mastroeni become the fourth?

Player Date Team How acquired
Claudio Reyna January 2007 New York Red Bulls Signed as Designated Player
Clint Mathis March 2007 New York Red Bulls Traded from Colorado Rapids
  January 2010 LA Galaxy Traded from Real Salt Lake during SuperDraft
Landon Donovan August 2008 LA Galaxy Was already with Galaxy when Arena became coach
Eddie Lewis August 2008 LA Galaxy Joined MLS from Derby County
Tony Sanneh February 2009 LA Galaxy Signed as free agent
Gregg Berhalter April 2009 LA Galaxy Joined MLS from 1860 Munich
Frankie Hejduk December 2010 LA Galaxy Trade with Sporting Kansas City following selection in Re-Entry Draft
Pablo Mastroeni June 2013 LA Galaxy Trade with Colorado Rapids


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