New England Revolution leader Bruce Arena reveals what keeps him going


After 17 seasons, countless silverware and a record number of individual awards, one would think that Bruce Arena would start to get bored.

Now 70 years old, the New York City native has seen everything in American football. From winning five combined MLS Cups with DC United and LA Galaxy to leading the U.S. men’s national team, there is no coach in those parts who can match his experience.

Arena once again entered the history books of 2021, leading his side from the New England Revolution to the Supporters’ Shield title with a total MLS record. Now, as he prepares his team for a 2022 campaign where they will compete in the Concacaf Champions League and try to get better in the MLS Cup play-offs, Arena has opened up to what keeps him going year after year.

“I guess, you could say, I look forward to waking up every day. That’s the starting point. But the people around me, my family and close friends, insist that I continue to train when I have ambitions to play golf a lot “, he told reporters on Wednesday after Rev’s first training session in 2022.

“I did it for about a year and it’s not as good as it sounds sometimes. I like the challenge. I like working with our coaches every day and our players. It’s still fun for me. So that’s it. keeps me going. “

More than just having to “keep going”, Arena counts itself as one of the lucky ones who has had a long career in the beautiful game.

“I’ll be honest with you, I still do not understand why people think this is a job I do. I think I have a very happy position,” Arena continued. “I think coaching, apart from being stressful and getting people fired a lot and all that, I still think it’s a wonderful job to have.

“I do not see it as a really tough job. It is not easy, I know it, but it is something I like. I think it is something that the people around me think I should continue to coach. It is probably “That’s why I do it. But I like what I do, so that’s what motivates me.”

Arena is obviously well versed in the preparations for the season. Although Wednesday was his first pass back, he only has a month to get his players ready for their first match in the CCL Round One against the Haitian side Cavaly AS. So, how was the first day back?

The ⚽️ ball was kicked around for the first time this preseason today.

– New England Revolution (@NERevolution) January 13, 2022

“Yes, it was good to have [the players] back, of course, “said Arena.” Today was our first workout. We did that this spring [] Field House due to weather conditions here. For the most part, they looked good the first day.

“Of course we will build on that. We will have a couple [of] weeks here in Foxborough, then head out to Los Angeles for a couple [of] weeks before we return for [Concacaf Champions League.]”

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