January 4, 2017

Bruce Arena Names His Full LA Galaxy Staff As National Team Assistants

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Arena brings some LA Galaxy staff members onto the national team.

Bruce Arena, the new US Men’s National Team will bring some key staff members from the LA Galaxy after hiring former under-20 coach Thomas Rongen as his chief scout.

Dave Sarachan, Pat Noonan and Kenny Arena (Bruce’s son) have been appointed as assistant coaches, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday with Matt Reis will be goalkeeping coach. Arena is coaching the U.S. team for the second time, he was the boss from 1998-2006, leading the Americans to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals.

He returned in November when Jurgen Klinsmann was fired after a 0-2 start in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Here’s the coaches resumes from NBC sports. 

Sarachan, 62, was head coach of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire from 2003-07, winning U.S. Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006, and was a national team assistant under Arena from 2000-02. Sarachan also was an assistant for Arena at the University of Virginia (1984-1988) and D.C. United (1998-1999) and was associate head coach of the Galaxy from 2008-16.

Noonan, 36, made 14 appearances for the U.S. and was a Galaxy assistant for the past four years, and Kenny Arena, 35, worked for his dad with the Galaxy for the past two seasons. Reis, 41, played twice for the national team and was a Galaxy assistant for the past two years.

Rongen, 60, was U.S. under-20 coach from 2001-04 and 2006-11. He coached Tampa Bay to the first MLS title in 1996, spent the next two seasons coaching New England and took over D.C. United for the 1999 season after Arena left for his first stint coaching the national team. Rongen led D.C. United to the 1999 MLS title.

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