Bruce Arena resigns as head coach of Team Revolution

FOXBORO — Bruce Arena announced his resignation as head coach and athletic director of the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Arena was placed on administrative leave on July 30, pending a decision investigationdue to “insensitive and inappropriate remarks” by Major League Soccer. The following statement was issued on Saturday evening:

After much soul-searching, I have decided to resign from my position as head coach and athletic director of the New England Revolution.

“First of all, I would like to thank Robert Kraft and Jonathan Craft for giving me this opportunity over 4 years ago. During my time with the Revolution, we had great success and it was really a direct reflection of all the support that the Revolution gave us.” He provided me with the organisation, and in particular, I would also like to thank all the players, coaches and staff at Al Thawra as everyone provided an outstanding service and did a fantastic job to help take the club to what it is today.

“I would also like to thank everyone in the football community at large for their tremendous support over the past six weeks. The investigation has been a difficult and difficult process, for me and my family, but I have heard from so many who have been a part of me.” The career has been really fulfilling and helped make this decision easier.

“Finally, I know I made some mistakes, I plan to move forward, and I plan to spend some time reflecting on this situation and taking corrective steps to address what happened. Although this was not an easy decision, I am sure it is in the best interest of the New England Revolution Organization and my family to separate at this time.”

The Major League Soccer issued a statement confirming that its investigation confirmed some of the allegations that Arena made insensitive and inappropriate remarks. Arena will have to petition the commissioner if he wants to pursue future work in the league.

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The Revs leased Arena in 2019 and the legendary coach immediately made his mark on the franchise. By 2021, New England was the best team in Major League Soccer, scoring a league record 73 points during the regular season to capture the franchise’s first Supporters’ Shield. Arena compiled a 60-31-42 record in MLB appearances during his time in New England.

Arena became the winningest coach in MLS history last year, achieving a career record of 262-152-131 and a record five MLS titles. He has won four Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year awards (including 2021 with New England) and his clubs have been recipients of the Supporters’ Shield four times.

Arena also has the most wins of any coach with the USA men’s national team, leading the team to its best World Cup finish in 2002. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010.

Richie Williams will continue to serve as interim head coach, and Kurt Unalfo will continue to serve as interim athletic director through the remainder of the 2023 season.

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