Bruce Arena given Werner Fricker Builder Award
L.A. Galaxy manager Bruce Arena has received the highest individual honor from U.S. Soccer, the Werner Fricker Builder Award, the federation announced on Thursday.
The award is given to someone who "has worked tirelessly on furthering the interest of the sport of soccer without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The award honors those who created or fostered programs that will outlast their own active involvement in the sport and who have established a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States."
Arena just completed his seventh season in charge of the Galaxy. In December, the club beat the New England revolution to clinch Arena's fifth MLS cup championships.
He is the only coach in the league's history to win five championships and was also named MLS coach of the year in 1997, 2009 and 2011.
Prior to being hired as the Galaxy's general manager and head coach in 2008, Arena led the U.S. men’s national team from 1998 to 2006. He led the USMNT to an appearance in the quarterfinals at the 2002 World Cup.
Arena also coached at the University of Virginia and spent three seasons with D.C. United.
“I am honored to receive the Werner Fricker Builder Award from U.S. Soccer,” Arena said in a news release. “I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to build the sport of soccer in the United States over the last 40 years. I am humbled by this honor and proud to be amongst the prestigious company of the other Werner Fricker Soccer Builder Award Winners.”