Bruce Arena the first (250) days on the job: Combined record in all competitions (4) Wins -- (7) Loses -- (9) Ties Key Additions - Dema Kovalenko, Donovan Ricketts, Greg Berhalter, Tony Sanneh, Eddie Lewis, Jovan Kirovski, Todd Dunivant, Mike Magee. Key Subtractions - Carlos Ruiz, Pete Vagenas, Brandon McDonald, Mike Randolph, Eduardo Dominguez, Ely Allen, Joey Franchino, Ante Jazic. (Detail) The (8) key addition have a combined age of 32 years and 8 months. While the (8) key subtractions have a combined age of 27 years and 3 months. Also a salary difference between 520 to 550k per year total. (Sidenote) All but Ricketts & Dema have been in a Bruce Arena lead USA mens national team camp at one time in their lives.. and than includes current roster players Chris Klein, Edson Buddle, and Landon Donovan. Historical overview Bruce Arena's most significant MLS experience was from 1996 thru 1998 where he compiled his best numbers and won several MLS cups with then D.C. United. He then went on to US Soccer as the National team Head Coach/Manager where he had a great run in 2002 and the run up to 2006... showing his inadquacies in the final few games preparing for the 2006 World Cup and finally a last place finish in it. Almost immediately after Arena was not re-signed on as US National team head coach. late 2006 Bruce would then land with NYRB where he made a couple of significant signings with Jozy Altidore and Juan Pablo Angel, but those will always be overshadowed by his greatest failure to date... signing often injured, then 33 year old Claudio Reyna to a 2 year 1.3 million dollar contract. Arena would amass a respectable 16-16-10 record in his 1.5 years and even making the playoffs but was fired anyway. His overly defensive tactics and inability to coach offensive players again would come to play. Arena would lay dormant for 9 months til the Galaxy called with not only the head coaching job but General Manager also in August of 2008. (LA Galaxy 2008 Finish) With Arena hired we all expected that "new" coach bounce like most teams do when they not only bring in the new coach but in the case of Bruce Arena bring in arguably the biggest name American coach in history. We ended with a lackluster finish and out of the playoffs once again. (LA Galaxy 2009) Bruce overhauls the team of over 12 players. As is his M.O. brings in only players he recognizes or has coached in his past. and like his move in New York brings in several ex-U.S. national team members who are on the plus side of 30 years old. He makes several moves to overhaul the defense now and to date has paid off... kinda. (Final Conclusion) Bruce Arena hasn't lifted a trophy over his head since the 2005 Gold Cup with the USA Mens National Team and before that the 2002 Gold Cup. Basically Bruce doesn't know how to coach club soccer anymore, and it shows in his team design. Bruce will always pick a player based on past resume over performance or potential. Bruce instinctively will choose defensive minded players because of his goalkeeping and defensive soocer approach. Bruce like his New York experiment went for the immediate glory building a team that was built to win now. As with Los Angeles he has brought in several experienced players to the squad at the expense of future potential. Some believe Bruce is only living on past success and that the failure of the 2006 WC team. and the 06-07 Red Bulls teams were a hint that this man has lost the skill to not only build a franchise for the future, but to even create a winning team in the right now. The post Steve Sampson option is finally available again in (Klinsman). And the timing is working out perfectly... when all else fails and the win at all cost option isn't "winning" at all costs. Do you look over at the coach you let slip away 3 years ago... slip away again? because you might make the playoffs this year... with this team... and this coach?