Bruce Arena is the new manager of the United States national team, U.S. Soccer confirmed Tuesday.
Arena takes the helm for his second stint in charge of the USA after Jurgen Klinsmann was relieved of his duties Monday. The LA Galaxy manager will assume his new role with U.S. Soccer on Dec. 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,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati in a news release.
“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. We all know Bruce will be fully committed to preparing the players for the next eight qualifying games and earning a berth to an eighth-straight FIFA World Cup in Russia.”
Goal USA's Ives Galarcep reported Monday that the USA would hire Arena, with the U.S. Soccer Federation confiming the hiring in an announcement Tuesday afternoon.
Arena has won five MLS Cup titles, three Supporters' Shield trophies and was the head coach for the USA during its run to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002 as part of his eight-year run in charge of the team in his first go-round.
“Any time you get the opportunity to coach the national team it’s an honor,” Arena said. “I’m looking forward to working with a strong group of players that understand the challenge in front of them after the first two games of the Hex. Working as a team, I’m confident that we’ll take the right steps forward to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.”