Foxborough: New England Revolution Introduce U.S. Soccer Legend Bruce Arena as their Newest Sporting Director and Head Coach

Newly-hired Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena exits his introductory press conference Thursday at Gillette Stadium (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

Newly-hired New England Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena (center) exits his introductory press conference with Team President, Brian Bilello (right) Thursday at Gillette Stadium (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

 

Over the past few seasons, the New England Revolution have been searching for stability, a plan for success.

So they have decided to put their faith in one of the most legendary names in the history of U.S. Soccer, Bruce Arena.

The organization introduced Arena as their newest Sporting Director and Head Coach Thursday, officially kicking off a new era.

“I’d like to thank Robert and Jonathan (Kraft), and Brian (Bilello) for having the confidence in me to take on this exciting venture,” said Arena. “I think in all the positions that I’ve had in the past in the league, I’ve always wanted to be in an organization that I felt wanted to win. And in my conversations with the Krafts, and Brian, they’re really confident that we can move the team forward.”

Arena takes over for former Revolution Coach, Brad Friedel, who was relieved of his duties May 9. The 67-year old will also be taking over in the front office for former General Manager, Mike Burns, who parted ways with the team this past Monday.

One thing was clear throughout Arena’s press conference. The Revolution had been interested in his services for a while, and it was quite evident based on the swift transition of power within the organization this past week, as they announced the move May 14.

Arena joins New England as the winning-est coach in United States Men’s National Team history, and a five-time MLS Cup champion. He will now have the opportunity to help shape things the way that he deems fit. At this point in the 2019 season, the Revolution currently sit with a record of 3-8-2

As for when fans can expect to see Arena back on the sidelines, he is pegging June 2 as his return. Coincidentally, that game will come against the Los Angeles Galaxy, a club that he coached from 2008-2016.

“There’s aspirations to build a stadium one day, and we will have the resources to make the team better,” Arena said. “And I think I said in my statement when I was named, that this is such a great sports town, and we want to try to elevate the Revolution on par with these other three championship teams in Boston. So it’s a big challenge. I feel great about being in a great city with great ownership, and great potential. I look forward to the challenge, and moving the Revolution forward. And I can assure you, that we are going to work real hard to make things better.”

About Brendan Connelly

Brendan Connelly, a lifetime native of Scituate, comes to WATD via the University of Massachusetts, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. During his time in Amherst, Brendan worked extensively with the University’s Radio Station WMUA 91.1 FM, in their sports department as a Broadcaster and Reporter. He also wrote for the Northampton-based periodical, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, in their Sports Department. Following his graduation in May 2014, Brendan applied at WATD, and was then hired a few weeks later as a Sales Executive. Shortly thereafter, he would gradually work his way into the Sports Department, becoming a weekly host on the Sports Exchange with Bill Wilhelm. One year later, Brendan officially took over the Morning Sports with Rob & Lisa, giving updates on Local High School Sports News Tuesdays through Fridays. Brendan still consistently sells advertising space as well for WATD, and helps Bill Wilhelm’s team at sporting events as a commentator. During his career with WATD, Brendan has had the opportunity to interview the likes of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and many more. Outside the station, Brendan also works as a Sports Writer for the Boston Herald, who hired his services one month following WATD. Brendan has also interned as a broadcaster for the Brockton Rox, which he completed during the summer of 2012.