Arena ap­pointed as US coach

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

BRUCE ARENA was re­hired yes­ter­day for a sec­ond stint as United States head coach, re­plac­ing sacked Ger­man Jur­gen Klins­mann.

The 65-year-old Amer­i­can, who guided the United States to the 2002 World Cup quar­ter­fi­nals, pre­vi­ously held the po­si­tion from 1998 to 2006.

Arena has been coach­ing Ma­jor League Soc­cer’s Los An­ge­les Galaxy, and will take up his new role on De­cem­ber 1.

“When we con­sid­ered the pos­si­ble can­di­dates to take over the men’s na­tional team at this time, Bruce was at the top of the list,” US Soc­cer Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Su­nil Gu­lati said.

“His ex­pe­ri­ence at the in­ter­na­tional level, un­der­stand­ing of the re­quire­ments needed to lead a team through World Cup qual­i­fy­ing, and proven abil­ity to build a suc­cess­ful team were all as­pects we felt were vi­tal for the next coach.”

For­mer Germany player and coach Klins­mann was dumped af­ter the Amer­i­cans dropped their first two matches in the fi­nal round of North Amer­i­can qual­i­fy­ing for the 2018 World Cup, los­ing 2-1 at home to arch-ri­val Mexico and 4-0 at Costa Rica.

The tim­ing for mak­ing the switch now gives Arena four months un­til the US squad faces an­other qual­i­fier. – AFP

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