Bruce Arena, the USA national team's most successful coach of all time, was named the new head coach and general manager of the Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday. Arena's hiring comes a week after a general manager Alexi Lalas was fired and coach Ruud Gullit resigned from the struggling Major League Soccer club.
"While it has been a very difficult week, I believe the end result is a very positive step forward for the Galaxy," team president Tim Leiweke said. "Bruce is the best coach for the Galaxy and certainly one of the best coaches in the history of the league."
Lalas, a former member of the USA's FIFA World Cup™ team, was dismissed after failing to lead the team to the playoffs the last two years. The Galaxy are struggling at 6-8-6 this season and are winless in their last eight games.
"My ultimate goal is to win championships and a build a club that all of our fans will be proud of," Arena said.
It will be the third tenure in MLS for Arena, who resigned as coach of the New York Red Bulls in November after they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second time in as many seasons.