The LA Galaxy announced on February 6, 2014, that head coach and general manager Bruce Arena has signed a contract extension. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
CARSON, California – CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist LA Galaxy announced Thursday that it has signed head coach and general manager Bruce Arena to a multi-year contract extension. Arena joined the Galaxy in 2008, capturing MLS Cups in 2011 and 2012.
Entering his seventh season with the club, the 62-year-old has directed LA to 82 wins, 44 draws and 46 losses in regular season play.
“We are very pleased to sign Bruce Arena to a multi-year contract extension,” said Dan Beckerman President and CEO of AEG, which owns the club. “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.”
The first coach in MLS history to win four league championships – including two with D.C. United in 1996 and 1997 -- Arena was named the MLS Coach of the Year three times (D.C. United: 1997; LA Galaxy: 2009, 2011).
“I’m honored to remain in this role with the preeminent soccer club in the United States,” said Arena. “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.”
The all-time leader in wins amongst coaches in United States national team history, Arena led the U.S. to the FIFA World Cup twice, including an historic quarterfinal berth in 2002. He took over as head coach in November 1998 and amassed an all-time record of a 71-30-29 in almost eight years at the helm.
Arena also lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002 and 2005 with the Americans and finished third in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup.
In 1998, he guided D.C. United to the first CONCACAF Champions Cup title won by a U.S. club, when it defeated Toluca, 1-0, in the final. Later that year, D.C. won the Interamerican Cup, topping Brazil’s Vasco Da Gama, 2-1 on aggregate.
The Galaxy will meet Club Tijuana in a two-game CCL quarterfinal series starting on March 12 at the StubHub and concluding six days later in Mexico.
NOTES: Arena, who also coached the New York Red Bulls, has a career MLS regular season record of 159-54-97 and a postseason mark of 27-4-9 … Arena is one of just three coaches currently in MLS, along with the Seattle Sounders’ Sigi Schmid and Peter Vermes, to win both MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup.