Remember me? Catch up on Bruce Arena's MLS history leading to New England

Many fans may remember Bruce Arena for his stints as US men's national team head coach, particularly his latest one, in which he took over a flailing World Cup qualifying campaign from Jurgen Klinsmann and was unable to steer the USMNT through the Hex and into the World Cup.

Since he resigned from that post, Arena has been out of the public light. That is about to change, with Arena being appointed the New England Revolution's sporting director and head coach.

Like Bob Bradley, Arena long had MLS success before his time with the US national team. Returning to the league, let's take a quick run-down through his resume: 

D.C. United: 1996-98

Bruce Arena with D.C. United in 1996 | Getty Images

Arena's first stint in MLS came with the inaugural season, where he immediately established great success. He set up and ran the first dynasty in D.C. United, winning the first two MLS Cups as well as the 1996 U.S. Open Cup. In his third and final season he fell in 1998 MLS Cup final.

During that time, Arena coached the likes of Jeff Agoos, Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno, John Harkes, Eddie Pope and Roy Lassiter. 

New York Red Bulls: 2006-07

Bruce Arena with Juan Pablo Angel in 2007 | Getty Images

Between his two powerhouses, Arena spent a season and a half in charge of the New York Red Bulls. It was after his first stint in charge with the national team, which lasted eight years and culminated with the 2006 World Cup. 

With the Red Bulls, Arena led his team to the playoffs in his lone full season. He was also on the sideline for David Beckham's MLS debut with the LA Galaxy in front of 66,238 fans. He left the club at the end of the 2007 season on mutual consent. 

LA Galaxy: 2008-16

Bruce Arena and Landon Donovan in 2016 | USA Today Sports

Arena rebuilt a powerhouse during his time with the LA Galaxy.

He took over in August 2008, towards the end of the franchise's third successive season to miss the playoffs. In his eight full seasons thereafter, Arena guided the Galaxy to eight successive trips to the playoffs, winning three MLS Cups and two Supporters' Shields. He coached some of the league's greatest players, including Beckham, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and more in L.A. 

In the two seasons after Arena left, the Galaxy missed the playoffs for the first times since 2008. 


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