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keberoxu 28 Oct 19 - 04:14 PM
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Subject: BS: coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Oct 19 - 04:14 PM

You say football, I say soccer, and all that.

That's what Bruce Arena coaches,
although one biographical interview says
that as a youngster he started out,
not in 'football', but in lacrosse,
then relocated sportswise to the other sport.

Arena is over sixty-five years of age,
and if my count is not mistaken,
this is his third pro team in the US,
namely the New England Revolution in the Greater Boston region.


Calling them, not the Boston whatsits, but the New England whatsits,
has much to do with owner Robert Kraft,
best known for US pigskin-ball team the New England Patriots.


But Robert Kraft is about the money, while
Bruce Arena is the one working with the team and the players.


When Arena was still with the LA Galaxy FC,
he made friends with
New England Patriots team member Julian Edelman,
as they went to the same physical therapist.
Now the two are both in Massachusetts
and on a first-name basis.

This season, the New England Revolution fought their way to
the lowest 'seed' in the playoffs,
and promptly lost that first playoff game.
They have played many games this season that ended in a draw,
seemingly as many draws as wins.
But this is an improvement for a team
which at this time last year
was at the bottom of the league (MLS).

At his age, Arena can't coach this team forever.
But saying that, I realize, betrays
how little I know about the game and the scene.


How many eminent coaches of international football
are Arena's age, or older, by way of comparison?

How long will the New England Revolution have before Arena has to retire?


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 06:51 AM

I think you will find many coaches/managers of that age and higher in Europe.


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 07:11 PM

Bruce Arena did NOT recruit the player featured in this post;
this player was already on the team
when Arena was hired.

Carles Gil: 'where did you find this guy?' (Boston Globe)


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Oct 19 - 12:56 PM

... and another link to a different story about Valencia, Spain native,
and former Aston Villa teammate, Carles Gil.

unlocking Carles Gil's potential


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Nov 19 - 08:42 PM

This story comes from the campus journalism, don't know its name,
for the University of Massachusetts in Lowell,
variously called U-Mass Lowell and UML.

I'm impressed with the content of this piece.
The quality of the writing has me scratching my head in places.
I am thinking perhaps this journalist/editor
knows as much , or more, about football/soccer
than he knows about well-written English ... he sure tries, though.

What is edifying to me is to see how this particular sport
now has a culture at the local level,
as North American/US pigskin-football has enjoyed for decades.

I was certainly aware of Massachusetts' worker-migration groups
in recent times;
Lowell itself has a tight-knit community of Cambodian-Americans.
But more generally, Massachusetts has attracted, through jobs,
a generation at least of
Brazilians who settle and sometimes raise families here.

And you know how Brazil is about football/soccer ...
when the 2020 World Cup happens,
presuming Brazil qualifies,
the emotions and high spirits will blow the roof off hereabouts.
Brazilian mini-flags flying from cars and pickup trucks ...

Arena leads Revolution charge years in the making

In that photograph, I don't see a caption, but
my guess is,
left to right:
Bruce Arena, Gustavo Bou (Argentina), Robert Kraft


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Nov 19 - 08:47 PM

... and this new team member sounds like
he has played where you all could see him.

New England Revolution sign ex-Manchester United defender Alexander Buttner


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 03:33 PM

New year, new season, new "kit."

New England Revolution, or the Boston Red Shorts?


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Oct 21 - 08:14 PM

Well, this op-ed piece is four years old --
today Bruce Arena coaches the New England Revolution FC (Boston MA),
back then he coached USMNT --
it's still worth reading.

I Was Wrong About Bruce Arena


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Oct 21 - 09:01 PM

Tonight, in the United States' MLS games,
the [Washington] DC United Football Club
hosts a game with the New England Revolution.

An interesting evening for Bruce Arena,
the present coach of one of these clubs
and the past coach of the other.

Boston Globe: Walk Down Memory Lane for Bruce Arena


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 02:35 PM

. . . and the New England Revolution has won its first
Supporter's Shield,
"a fan-owned major trophy" which is unusual in the United States.

report from Providence, Rhode Island


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 02:47 PM

The Boston Globe lets you look at one article then puts up the firewall, so many non-subscribers won't be able to read all of these articles. (The top link was fixed so a couple of other attempts were removed.)

To view articles behind that firewall screen (it works with about 75% of the firewalls I encounter) I use a browser add-on called "Just Read" that lets you read without goofy ads and formatting. It also often looks past the translucent demand that you subscribe to keep reading.


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 09:45 PM

. . . and that Supporter's Shield is extremely relevant to
coach Bruce Arena, who has this coaching record
for this title:


coaching
D. C. United FC, 1997: Supporter's Shield followed by MLS Cup
and
L. A. Galaxy FC, 2011: Supporter's Shield followed by MLS Cup


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: Mr Red
Date: 25 Oct 21 - 10:04 AM

and another link to a different story about Valencia, Spain native,
and former Aston Villa teammate, Carles Gil.


Ah! Good Old Aston Vanilla (easily licked).

I do have a soft spot for them, they engendered my dislike of all things soccer (actually Brits often call it Footie, if they participate). I was taken to Villa Park as a 4 year old and asked my Uncle if we could go when the players left the field. Or at least I could see half of the field was empty, through the fog. Uncle pointed-out they were coming back, because the ball was still at the centre spot. Now how many years ago would that have been? Long since that ball would have been half-inched at half time!


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Oct 21 - 08:19 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer just published a report concerning
the United States' MLS pro teams,
all about the MONEY.

There is a lot of information in that story that is beyond me.
Some of it I can understand.

I looked to see how the New England Revolution FC,
with Bruce Arena as coach and Robert Kraft as the money man,
compared with all these other teams regarding spending, payrolls, salaries.

The Revolution's figures are in there,
yet it is telling that they are doing something besides spending money.
Why do I say this?

Because some of the United States' MLS pro teams are
throwing around a lot more money than Robert Kraft's New England juggernaut.
And doing not nearly as well in playoff season.


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Subject: RE: BS: U.S. Soccer Coach Bruce Arena
From: keberoxu
Date: 26 Jan 22 - 08:47 PM

From late 2021, a feature story in the Los Angeles Times.

How did Bruce Arena become the most successful American soccer coach in history? (21 November, 2021)


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