Noted turn around artist and soccer genius Bruce Arena is coming back to coaching. That’s according to a tweet tweeted by Taylor Twellman.
Of course, the last we saw of Arena he was doing commentary on Fox for a USMNT friendly against Portugal after he resigned due to leading the team to its first missed World Cup in 28 years. That accomplishment led Arena to write a book expounding upon what’s wrong with soccer in the US without a hint of irony.
Aside from the national team, Arena’s most recent MLS post was when some of the best players in MLS won him three MLS Cups with the LA Galaxy. However, his departure from the club came as Landon Donovan retired, Robbie Keane declined, and the general mystique around the franchise diminished. In his last year with the team, LA would finish 3rd in the West and he left the club in such good shape that it would finish dead last in the conference the following year.
With the Revolution, Arena would takeover an aimless organization that seems like it is half a decade behind the rest of the league with no real idea how to catch up, much less an intention to do so. Its best asset is a stadium with a playing surface that is nearly unplayable for soccer and no solid plans to build or find a better option for the team. It will be up to him to get the best out of Teal Bunbury and maybe convince the owners to splash some cash for Omar Gonzalez in the transfer window. The Revs are in last in the East and with no relegation there really isn’t much pressure on Arena to turn things around quickly or at all.