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Soccer coach, Bruce Arena, was born on September 21, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York. Arena is currently in charge of the Los Angeles Galaxy. He is a former Head Coach and Sporting Director for the New York Red Bulls and the former coach of the USA men's national soccer team. Previously, he coached several championship teams with both D.C. United and the University of Virginia.
In 1973, Bruce Arena earned his only national team cap as a second half substitute for Bob Rigby in a 2-0 loss to Israel. In addition to his single cap with the U.S. soccer team, Arena also played for the national lacrosse team which won the 1974 World Lacrosse Championship and finished runner up in 1978.
After graduating from Cornell, Arena was drafted (but then cut) by the NASL Cosmos. However, he did play professional lacrosse for the Montreal Quebecois, spending a single season with the team in 1975. The National Lacrosse League folded at the end of the 1975 season, freeing Arena. At the same time, Dan Wood, who had recruited Arena to play for the Cornell soccer team, had been named the new head coach of the expansion Tacoma Tides which played in the American Soccer League. Wood contacted Arena and convinced him to move to the Pacific Northwest to play for him. While Arena was the second string goalkeeper behind starter Jamil Canal, the move to Tacoma was significant in that it introduced Arena to coaching. That year, in addition to playing for the Tides, Arena coached the men's soccer team at the University of Puget Sound.