January 4, 2017
GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER
Arena hires his former LA Galaxy staff to assist him coaching the U.S. national team
By Michael Lewis
|Dave Sarachan has been an important part of Bruce Arena's coaching staff, internationally and domestically.
Photo by Keith Furman/BigAppleSoccer
In a move that had been reported and rumored coming, U.S. Soccer made it official Wednesday as it announced that head coach Bruce Arena has brought his LA Galaxy staff to the U.S. national team.
With less than three months until his first World Cup qualifier for Russia 2018, the Franklin Square, N.Y. native has hired former Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan, assistants Pat Noonan and Kenny Arena, Bruce's son, and goalkeeping coach Matt Reis.
Former U.S. Under-20 men’s national coach Thomas Rongen was named chief scout.
They will work out of the U.S. Soccer offices at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
Combining their coaching and playing careers, the aforementioned coaches and scout have won 24 domestic titles. That comes out to 10 MLS Cups, seven Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cups and seven Supporters Shields.
“The entire staff has a great amount of playing and coaching experience both at the international and professional level,” Arena said in a statement. “With the need to hit the ground running, it’s even more critical that we have a staff that knows the player pool, shares a philosophy on how we approach the game, and has knowledge and experience in the international arena.
"In different ways this group ticks all those boxes, and we are already hard at work getting ready for the January camp and the World Cup qualifiers in March.”
The U.S. will begin camp on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The players have not been named yet.
Sarachan served under Arena as a vital lieutenant for years. He was an assistant coach during Arena’s first tenure as national coach from 2000-2002, helping to guide the U.S. to the quarterfinals at the 2002 World Cup.
Reis and Noonan, who was a MetroStars killer due to his scoring prowess against them as a New England Revolution striker more than a decade ago, earned their international spurs during Arena’s national team tenure. Noonan (14 international matches) and Reis (two) were members of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship team. They were chosen as alternates on the 2006 World Cup roster.
Kenny Arena, a former MetroStar, made 24 appearances for the U.S. Under-20 national and was part of the U.S. roster at the 2001U-20 World Cup.