Bruce Arena

Sporting Director and Head Coach

New England Revolution

Bruce Arena at a Glance:

  • Named the Revolution’s sporting director and the club’s eighth head coach on May 14, 2019.
  • Holds a record five MLS Cup titles (1996, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2014) and has amassed three MLS Supporters’ Shields (1996, 2010, 2011), tied for the most all time.
  • Currently the winningest active head coach in MLS and one of two coaches to reach 200 regular season MLS wins, holding a 202-121-89 record in MLS.
  • Managed the U.S. Men’s National Team during two separate stints (1998-2006, 2016-17), appearing in both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, and winning three Gold Cup titles.
  • Built a dynasty over 18 seasons as head coach at the University of Virginia, winning five NCAA Division-1 National Championships and six ACC titles.
  • Coached the New York Red Bulls from 2006-07, before serving as the LA Galaxy head coach from 2008-16, where he won three MLS Cups in 2011, 2012, and 2014.

Bruce Arena is currently in his first season as Sporting Director and Head Coach of the New England Revolution after his appointment to the position on May 14, 2019. The five-time MLS Cup winner is the eighth head coach in club history and joins the Revolution following a Hall of Fame coaching career that has spanned more than 40 seasons at the collegiate, professional, and international levels.

The Long Island, N.Y. native joins the Revolution following one of the most decorated coaching careers in American soccer history. Arena’s MLS resume includes a record five MLS Cup titles, three Supporters’ Shields, seven conference championships, one U.S. Open Cup title, and one Concacaf Champions' Cup. In his previous 14 seasons as an MLS coach, Arena earned three MLS Coach of the Year selections, first in 1997 with D.C. United before being honored in 2009 and 2011 with the LA Galaxy. He returns to the sidelines as the winningest active head coach in MLS history with a record of 202-121-89, and is one of two coaches to have surpassed 200 career regular season wins, along with Sigi Schmid.

On the international stage, Arena, 67, coached the U.S. Men’s National Team over two separate stints from 1998-2006 and 2016-17, amassing the most wins in the program’s history with a record of 81-35-32. He led the Stars and Stripes to a Quarterfinal finish in the 2002 FIFA Men’s World Cup – the country's best showing since 1930 – as well an appearance in the 2006 FIFA Men’s World Cup. Arena also guided the U.S. Men's National Team to more Gold Cup titles than any other coach, capturing the continental trophy three times in 2002, 2005, and 2017.

Before his time in the professional ranks, Arena began his head coaching career with one season at the University of Puget Sound (1976), before being named the head coach at the University of Virginia in 1978. During his decorated 18-year tenure at Virginia, he led the Cavaliers to five NCAA Division-1 National Championships, including four in a row from 1991-94, as well as six ACC Men’s Soccer titles (1988, 1991-95). While at Virginia, Arena coached a number of American soccer legends, including Claudio Reyna, John Harkes, and current D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen.

In 1996, Arena received an offer to lead the United States Under-23 Men’s National Team in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Shortly after the Olympics, he assumed the head role with D.C. United, where he led the Black-and-Red to a 61-35 record, including the first two MLS Cup titles in 1996 and 1997, and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in 1996.

Following the 1998 FIFA Men’s World Cup in France, the United States Soccer Federation turned to Arena, who helped the team qualify for the 2002 FIFA Men’s World Cup. In the tournament, Arena’s team recorded an impressive win over powerhouse Portugal and topped Mexico, 2-0, in the Round of 16 en route to the nation’s first appearance in the Quarterfinals in a 72-year span. That same year, Arena led the USMNT to the Concacaf Gold Cup title, one of his three triumphs in the competition. 

In 2005, Arena won his second Concacaf Gold Cup ahead of the 2006 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Germany. In the 2006 tournament, the United States earned a 1-1 draw against Italy, but a 2-1 defeat to Ghana sent the USMNT home early.

The next season, Arena took charge of the New York Red Bulls, where he spent the end of the 2006 season and all of the 2007 campaign.  In 2008, Arena joined the LA Galaxy for what would be an incredible nine-year tenure that included three MLS Cups in a four-year span and two Supporters’ Shields in 2010 and 2011.

Following his decorated career with the Galaxy, Arena rejoined the U.S. Men’s National Team in November 2016. In his second run as head coach, he lost only two out of 18 games at the helm, though the United States fell short of qualification for the 2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

A 2010 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, Arena was named the 2015 Werner Fricker Builder Award recipient, earning U.S. Soccer’s highest honor for his more than 40 years of service to the game.

A talented lacrosse player, Arena grew up on Long Island and would go on to attend Nassau Community College, where he played both lacrosse and soccer. Arena then transferred to Cornell University in 1971, where as a goalkeeper, he led his team to the 1972 NCAA College Cup Final Four and earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Defensive Player award. During the 1973 season, Arena contributed as an assistant coach with Cornell, before then accepting a head coaching position at the University of Puget Sound.

Off the field, Arena has authored a number of books and is a member of the NJCAA Lacrosse Hall of Fame, after receiving induction in 2008. Arena’s son, Kenny, was an assistant coach under his father with the LA Galaxy from 2014-16, before joining the staff of Los Angeles FC in 2018, where he currently serves as an assistant coach.

Bruce Arena’s Coaching Background

New England Revolution (Sporting Director and Head Coach)

2019-Present

U.S. Men’s National Team

2016-17

LA Galaxy

2008-16

New York Red Bulls

2006-07

U.S. Men’s National Team

1998-2006

D.C. United

1996-98

United States U-23 Men’s National Team

1996

University of Virginia

1978-95

University of Puget Sound

1976

Cornell University (Assistant)

1973