Tuesday, November 22, 2016

United States: Bruce Arena named coach to succeed Jurgen Klinsmann

Bruce Arena has been appointed United States head coach for
a second time, succeeding Jurgen Klinsmann, who was
sacked on Monday.

The American, 65, who is leaving LA Galaxy to take up the
post, led his country to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals in
his first spell in charge.

Arena also boasts the best win rate of any US manager, with
71 victories from his 130 games between 1998 and 2006.

He  has also won five MLS Cups with LA Galaxy and DC

Klinsmann, 52, steered the United States to the last 16 at the
2014 World Cup in Brazil, but they have lost their first two
games in the qualifying campaign for 2018.

They sit bottom of the six-country qualifying group, below
teams including Panama and Honduras, albeit only a fifth of
the way through the process.

"Any time you get the opportunity to coach the national team,
it's an honour," Arena said.

"I'm confident that we'll take the right steps forward to qualify
for the 2018 World Cup in Russia."

Arena's first day in charge will be 1 December, and his first
match will be a qualifier at home to Honduras on 24 March

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