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Five-time MLS Cup champion and former US Men's National Team coach Bruce Arena appointed New England Revolution coach

Five-time MLS Cup winner Bruce Arena has returned to coaching, taking up the dual role of head coach and technical director at New England Revolution.

A two-time former US Men's National Team coach who is the winningest coach in the history of Major League Soccer, Arena is one of just two coaches to reach 200 regular MLS wins.

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Arena, 67, succeeds former Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and USMNT goalkeeper Brad Friedel and will assume his new roles immediately.

"Bruce is one of the most successful coaches in American soccer history, and we feel his commitment to excellence, track record of winning championships in Major League Soccer, as well as his success at the international level, makes him the best person to bring the Revolution back to MLS Cup contention," Revolution Investor/Operator Robert Kraft said

"We have known Bruce dating back to the advent of MLS, and we have full confidence that he will raise the level of our club to the standard we all expect and demand.”

President Brian Biello added: “It was evident when talking with Bruce that we share a vision for the future of the Revolution and we look forward to having him oversee our soccer organisation.

"We believe that now is the time for a change in leadership and there is no one better suited to usher in a new era of success in New England.” 

As well as lifting the MLS Cup on more occasions than any other head coach, Arena is tied for the all-time record for MLS Supporters' Shields (3) with the legendary Sigi Schmid.  

Internationally, Arena has twice led the USMNT. His first stint lasted from 1998 until 2006, encompassing two FIFA World Cups while winning three CONCACAF Gold Cups. He returned to the role between 2016 and 2017. 

Speaking following his appointment, Arena said: "In my conversations with the Kraft family and Brian Bilello, it’s clear that they have high expectations for the club and I believe there is a tremendous opportunity for me to create a winning culture throughout the Revolution organisation.

“Boston is a great sports town with a history of championship teams, and I am looking forward to working with the staff and players to make the Revolution a club that our supporters can be proud of and that can be part of the tradition of success in New England.”

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