Galaxy's Arena wins second Coach of the Year
For the second time in his career, Bruce Arena has been awarded Major League Soccer's Coach of the Year Award.
It was a resurgent season of sorts for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Out of the playoffs the last three seasons, the club found itself back in the driver's seat this season and it owes much of it to Arena.
Winning the Western Conference with a 12-6-12 record, the Galaxy ended the season with 48 points, 15 more than a year ago. Taking over halfway through last season, Arena totally altered the Galaxy lineup and has forged a winning chemistry with a team that now finds itself in the Western Conference final.
This marks the second time Arena has won the award; he first claimed it in 1997 when he was in charge of D.C. United, which he guided to a double of the MLS Cup and the Supporters' Shield.
Arena, 58, has enjoyed a glittering coaching career that started with a 17-year run as the boss at the University of Virginia. He has coached three MLS teams, D.C. (1996-98), New York (2006-07) and Los Angeles (2008-09).
He also spend eight years as coach of the U.S. national team, which he led to the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.