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Wednesday, September 13

Arena Interview

Good stuff from the Bruce. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/12/sports/soccer/13arena.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

13 Comments:

  • Cheers Tom, really enjoyed this. For the mostpart he is very humble and spot on and has a nice edge of bitterness which always makes me smile. His point about the economics of the players in the league and lack of incentive to be in the sport 24/7 is a good one. Question though - he doesnt support the theory that in 2010 the US is going to be any good, could be 2 lone stars before one Yank fluke???

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 11:10 AM  

  • I hate him even more than before. He has some good observations regarding income level and lack of hunger but he seems a bit arrogant in saying the national side and MLS must improve on the technical side - OK - Yes that's true but it's a bit rich from some tosser who f%^ked up his tactics for eight years whilst working in a set up that discourages people from running at players with the ball at their feet.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 12:07 PM  

  • I stand by my Lone Star assessment and not just to take the pi$$. I think England have their own set of problems - different, obviously, but undeniably difficult to overcome. I've always liked Arena's edge and sense of reality. I still say we got a bit screwed in the first round in Germany, but it's difficult to complain when you produce a single goal of your own in three matches. Good stuff, regardless, and it's nice to see at least one voice from that level of the game here with a clue.

    By Blogger Glazer Shmazer, at 1:10 PM  

  • Well said Chris P. I'd add that he had options in picking his squad that would have helped the US in Germany. Possibly not enough to get to the second round I've said before that Arena is a planner who just never could look down the bench when things weren't going as planned and find any solution to the problem of his own making. Poor tactics, bringing Ching and then not playing him against the Czechs at the only appropriate moment to use him, leaving Twellman at home, and his hidebound insistance that Reyna and Landon could lead a team was tantamount to saying "I deserve the sack." That he got it was no mistake by the USFed.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 2:38 PM  

  • In any other country, this would make for great tabloid fodder...On the other hand...


    http://sports.yahoo.com/mls/news?slug=cnnsi-backtrackingbru&prov=cnnsi&type=lgns

    By Blogger Glazer Shmazer, at 4:36 PM  

  • On the other hand, the Bruce versus, well, Everybody is going to be great comedy for years to come.


    Dan
    Stafford NH U-12 Rec League Green Pinneys til I Die!!! (it's the shirt not the players....)

    P.S. Tom forgot to mention "Soccer the Pele Way" in his list of footie books that he already owns....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:16 AM  

  • Yes, he is an "A-hole". I just wish he would go away. He should go on a diet. He waddles around, makes faces and hand gestures at calls he doesn't agree with as if he is the all knowing always perfect person. He got his team selection and tactics wrong for 2006. Also, he has been national manager since Landon Donovan was 16. If Bruce was as smart as he thinks he is, why didn't he get involved and try to steer Landon the right way? We now have a smirking, balding tremendous waste of talent where there was once the raw ingredients comparable to Ronaldinho.

    That's right, I am now blaming Arena for Donovan being who he is versus the player he could have become. If Bruce is so smart and competent, I'll hold him accountantble for mentoring young players.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 1:27 PM  

  • "there was once the raw ingredients comparable to Ronaldinho."

    I doubt it.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 3:33 PM  

  • Ha - someone had to say it. But hold on John when Landon was 12 or 13 ior whatever it was he finished 3rd or something in the best teen in the world competition or some such important thing...

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 3:51 PM  

  • That is what I was referring to Simon. Tom will tell you, again and again, that Landon was voted Player of the Tournament along with Ronaldinho at U17s maybe.

    I have never tried to corroborate that claim so maybe Tom's just having a laugh.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 4:08 PM  

  • You know that somewhere is a picture of Tom in a Landon shirt, somewhere deep in the depths of Revs pictures there will be a picture of Tom with that shirt on..... if it ever surfaces we will never hear from him again.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 4:15 PM  

  • At the U17's in 1999, I *think*, the Golden Ball voting went Donovan, Beasley, Ronaldinho. I realize this is pretty much meaningless, and I swear I'm not making it up.

    By Blogger Glazer Shmazer, at 5:31 PM  

  • Uh, what ever happened to Project 40 and Project 2010? Working out well, I presume...

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 1:14 PM  

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