The Los Angeles Galaxy sign Head Coach Bruce Arena with a multi-year extension
The 62-year-old Brooklyn native will not be leaving Los Angeles for a while, as the Galaxy have announced on Thursday that Arena will be staying as coach and general manager for the unseen future.
Neither the Galaxy nor the former head coach of the United States senior national team released the terms of the deal to the public.
“We are very pleased to sign Bruce Arena to a multi-year contract extension,” Dan Beckerman the president and CEO of Galaxy owners AEG said (Major League Soccer). “Bruce is one of the finest coaches in the history of soccer in the United States. His commitment to the LA Galaxy, the club’s winning tradition and continued excellence on and off the field is unrivaled. We look forward to the team’s continued success under Bruce’s management.”
Arena was brought to LA in the year 2008 to repair a team that had not made the playoffs in three years. The very next year the former DC United coach qualified LA to the MLS playoffs, but the dream season would end in disappointment by losing to Real Salt Lake in the MLS Final in penalties.
For the next four years Arena got the Galaxy two more MLS Cups (On the photo above, Bruce Arena is kissing the MLS Cup in the year 2012.) and two Supporters Shield awards in the process; while achieving an impressive overall record of 82-wins, 46-loses, and 44-ties.
The former New York Red Bulls coach has also made history in Major League Soccer, by becoming the first coach to win four MLS Cups.
Even with successful six year tenure at the helm of the Galaxy, Arena still has two more titles to capture for LA: the US Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League. Arena will now have more time to get these two trophies.
“I’m honored to remain in this role with the preeminent soccer club in the United States,” Arena said (Soccer By Ives). “I appreciate the continued support and confidence from Mr. Anschutz, Mr. Beckerman, Chris Klein and my staff and players as we head into the 2014 season.”
Till next time my fellow soccer lovers