New England Revolution

Mar 2, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Bruce Arena speaks during unveiling of David Beckham statue at Legends Plaza at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

UPDATE: The Revs made it official on Tuesday morning, announcing that Bruce Arena has been hired as their head coach and sporting director.

One of the best players in the history of the New England Revolution says the team plans to hire one of the biggest coaching names in American soccer in the wake of the firing of head coach Brad Friedel and general manager Mike Burns.

Taylor Twellman tweeted Monday night after the team dismissed Burns that he “fully expects” the Revs to bring in former U.S. Men’s National Team coach Bruce Arena in a major capacity, perhaps as both head coach and general manager.

The 67-year-old Arena is a decorated MLS coach, compiling a 240-92-147 record in stints with D.C. United, the New York Red Bulls, and the LA Galaxy. He has won five MLS Cups, three with Los Angeles (2011, 2012, and 2014) and the first two league championships with D.C. United in 1996 and 1997.

He had two stints in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team, with both ending in disappointment and disaster.

Arena first coached the United States from 1998-2006, a tenure that saw a strong World Cup performance in 2002 when the U.S. reached the quarterfinals, but ended with a poor showing in 2006 when the U.S. failed to get out of the group stage, despite ending the tournament as the fifth-ranked team in the world.

Arena was brought back in 2016 to replace Jurgen Klinsmann and was tasked with turning around a then-floundering World Cup qualifying effort, but saw the program go up in flames when the United States failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia.

The Revolution are set to host English powerhouse Chelsea FC in a charity exhibition match at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday. They return to MLS action this weekend against Montreal and are coming off a 3-1 win over San Jose on Saturday.

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