Arena is new USA coach

Bruce Arena has been handed the reins of the United States national soccer team for the second time following his appointment on Tuesday.

The 65-year-old, who most recently coached the LA Galaxy, from 2008 to 2016, was previously in charge of the USMNT (United States Mens National Team) from 1998 to 2006.

During that time he won the CONCACAF Gold Cup twice, and led the States to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup.

He takes over from Jurgen Klinsmann, who was sacked on Monday. He had been coach of the team since 2011 following Bob Bradley's spell in charge of the team from 2007.

A statement from U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati read: "When we considered the possible candidates to take over the men's national team at this time, Bruce was at the top of the list.

"His experience at the international level, understanding of the requirements needed to lead a team through World Cup qualifying, and proven ability to build a successful team were all aspects we felt were vital for the next coach. 

"We all know Bruce will be fully committed to preparing the players for the next eight qualifying games and earning a berth to an eighth-straight FIFA World Cup in Russia."

A delighted Arena added: "Any time you get the opportunity to coach the national team it's an honor.

"I'm looking forward to working with a strong group of players that understand the challenge in front of them after the first two games of the Hex. 

"Working as a team, I'm confident that we'll take the right steps forward to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia."

Arena's record as national team boss is 71 wins, 30 losses and 29 draws.

He takes over the team following two loss in the final round of World Cup qualifying to Mexico and Costa Rica, but has eight games remaining to turn their qualification hopes around.

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