Thursday, November 6, 2008

Bruce Arena Nominated for the National Soccer Hall of Fame

On Tuesday we had the pleasure of telling you that Galaxy legends Mauricio Cienfuegos and Robin Fraser had been nominated on the Player Ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Today, it was announced that our General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena is one of 15 people named to the Hall of Fame's Builder Ballot. Builder candidates were selected from a list of over 50 eligible candidates by vote of the Builder’s Screening Committee, a 16-member committee made up of selected Hall of Famers.

Arena, who is the ninth winningest coach in MLS history despite coaching less than five years in the league, won two MLS Cup titles (1996-97) with D.C. United before becoming the U.S. National Team head coach after the 1998 MLS season when he helped United reach the MLS Cup, as well as becoming the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions Cup and the Interamerican Cup.

Arena is also the all-time winningest coach in U.S. National Team history, leading the U.S. to the FIFA World Cup twice, including an historic quarterfinal berth in 2002 in Japan/Korea. Arena took over as head coach in November 1998 and was in charge for nearly eight years, collecting a 71-30-29 all-time record, while leading the U.S. to the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2002 and 2005, the 2000 Nike U.S. Cup championship, as well as a third place finish in the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico.

More information about each of the Builder candidates is on the Hall of Fame and Museum’s web site,

The Ballot will be submitted to all Hall of Famers and a select group of soccer administrators for their vote. The builder candidate who receives the most votes, as long as the total represents at least 50% of the ballots cast, will be elected to the Hall of Fame. In 2008, University of North Carolina coach and former U.S. Women's National Team coach Anson Dorrance was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Bruce for getting the nomination into Hall of Fame. I sincerely hope Bruce, Dave, and Paul are doing some serious scouting and searching for the players we absolutely must have before 2009. We need players who sincerely are ultra-competitive and absolutely hard-working (without having being told so). Players that have a deep longing to play to soccer with the total desire and will to play within a team environment. Players that have the hunger, passion, drive, and professionalism to excel at every game in every stage. We've got to set-up this team with the right amount of quality players. And, everyone must train, practice, scrimmage, and learn as much as they can about all other players in MLS. The players have to be determined and be craving to play winning soccer.