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Bruce Arena appointed New England Revolution head coach sporting director

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Bruce Arena appointed New England Revolution head coach sporting director

New England Revolution has named five-time MLS Cup winner Bruce Arena as coach and sporting director.

The appointment of the former United States men’s national team coach comes after second-year head coach Brad Friedel and general manager Mike Burns were dismissed over the past week.

Friedel, who was hired in 2018, finished in New England with a 12-21-13 record. His only prior head-coaching experience was a stint in charge of the U.S. U19 national team. Burns had entered his eighth year as GM, having previously served as the team’s director of player personnel. He also spent five seasons as a player with the Revs from 1996 to 2000.

“Bruce is one of the most successful coaches in American soccer history, and we feel his commitment to excellence, track record of winning championships in Major League Soccer, as well as his success at the international level, makes him the best person to bring the Revolution back to MLS Cup contention,” Revolution investor/operator Robert Kraft said in a statement.

“We have known Bruce dating back to the advent of MLS, and we have full confidence that he will raise the level of our club to the standard we all expect and demand.”

A start date for Arena, 67, is yet to be determined, but he will be introduced at a news conference on Thursday.

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