Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Arena to lead Beckham at Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy have appointed former United States coach Bruce Arena as their new manager.

Arena will take charge of a team which, despite the high-profile presence of England midfielder David Beckham, has not won in eight games.

The 57-year-old, who replaces Ruud Gullit at the helm, took the US to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup and won two MLS Cups with DC United.

"My goal is to win championships and make our fans proud," said Arena.

LA Galaxy have struggled to make an impact in the MLS this season, and are outside the play-off places in the Western Conference.

"I realise we have a lot of work ahead of us and I am optimistic that with the support of management, our coaching staff and the players, we will move forward," he added.

Arena has been out of work since parting company with MLS side New York Red Bulls in November last year.

Tim Leiweke, president of Galaxy owners AEG, added: "Bruce is the best coach for the Galaxy and certainly one of the best coaches in the history of the league.

"While it has been a very difficult week, I believe the end result is a very positive step forward for the Galaxy.

"I am impressed with his passion, desire and focus and believe that his recent experiences with the US national team and Red Bulls have prepared and motivated him for this next challenge."

Source: BBCi

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