What is Arena Doing Right Now?

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by Scoey, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. Scoey

    Scoey Member

    Oct 1, 1999
    With this long, long layoff between games, what is Arena doing? Does he just hole-up in his Virginia batcave watching MLS games? Does he personally attend matches featuring Nats players? Is he watching any games featuring European prospects in lower leagues? Is he just putting together the ultimate scouting reports on our potential 1st round opponents? Is he working at all with the youth teams? Or is he debating the mertis of Bush's plan for faith-based charities in our own Politics forum?

    I'm not bagging on the guy, or saying he should be doing any of these things. I'm just curious about how he keeps himself busy during these lulls between games.
  2. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    probably the batcave thing tracking all the players. Current, and potential. And hopefully getting on the phone to Convey to tell him to get their ass in gear and that not playing in Europe as a 20 year old is not the end of the world.
  3. Ikari

    Ikari Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    Right about now it'd be what, 8pm there? I'd say he's tying one on and about to hit the sack.
  4. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    He's made a couple of appearances at United home matches this year.
  5. sch2383

    sch2383 New Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    He is probably just watching game film and keeping tabs on players who are a) on hte margins on the National Team b) up and coming and c) recovering from injuries.
  6. Dave Brother

    Dave Brother New Member

    Jun 10, 2001
    He's been known to hang with us at Summers to catch a match or two.
  7. ChrisE

    ChrisE Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    Nat'l Team:
    American Samoa
    I hope he's reading bigsoccer.com so he knows exactly who to call in for our next match.
  8. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York

    Of course.

    Once Bruce leaves, US Soccer should just hire the USA Men's forum as the new manager.
  9. whip

    whip Member

    Aug 5, 2000
    I really hope ....

    I really hope he is not in the phone with Kiro .....
  10. todda74

    todda74 New Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    i'm hoping he's on somewhat of a diet.
  11. Delta Blues

    Delta Blues New Member

    Jun 25, 1999
    King Willieville
    I think this long layoff for the national team, although tedious for us is very good for Bruce's ability to take massive amounts of time scouting development of MLS players, and hopefully a few European based ones as well. At least I hope so.

  12. Noah Dahl

    Noah Dahl New Member

    Nov 1, 2001
    He's on a big long bender and he's earned it.
  13. Noah Dahl

    Noah Dahl New Member

    Nov 1, 2001
    NASCAR, 24/7.
  14. Noah Dahl

    Noah Dahl New Member

    Nov 1, 2001
    Haunting games and practices, scrutinizing rosters and reels of film to determine which UVA or DCU player could pair with Goose in 2006.
  15. Noah Dahl

    Noah Dahl New Member

    Nov 1, 2001
    C'mon people, there's no wrong answers!
  16. jamesf24

    jamesf24 New Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Brighton, MI
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1.) He's analyzing Sampson's 3-6-1 formation...

    2.) Trying to figure out how to get more UVA players in the nats squad

    3.) Contemplating Chris Albright for a call up

    4.) Penciling in Cobi Jones & Earnie Stewart for our 2006 squad...

    Just kidding...Arena's got my support.

  17. Noah Dahl

    Noah Dahl New Member

    Nov 1, 2001
    That could've been six posts, easily.
  18. bostonsoccermdl

    bostonsoccermdl Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Denver, CO
    he probably spends his nights on the phone with Kenny consoling him, explaining the finer points of nepotism, and explaining to his son the basics of tackling without getting a card.....
  19. sljohn

    sljohn Member

    Apr 28, 2001
    Out of town
    He's making frantic middle-of-the-night phone calls to Kathmandu to track down game film of rising Yanks Abroad stars.
  20. prk166

    prk166 BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 8, 2000
    Med City
    He's dieting to avoid getting to be 1/2 as fat as Sigi.
  21. prk166

    prk166 BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 8, 2000
    Med City
    Good humor! :)

    I honestly believe that Kenny has got where he is because of his talent. Unfortunately, it's looking like his talent will be well suited for the a-league.
  22. Scoey

    Scoey Member

    Oct 1, 1999
    I think we have a winner.

    Great responses to the thread all, but, like, seriously, does anybody know? Can one of the many soccer journalists and quasi-journalists on this forum get a 10 minute interview with Da Bruce for us? I'm jonesing for my nats fix, and rewatching the World Cup goals on my computer isn't cutting it anymore. I may have to roadtrip to Nepal to check out our new saviors.
  23. odg78

    odg78 Member

    Feb 14, 2001
    North Carolina

    Probably more along the lines of, "Kenny, Razov's going to his left. Everytime!"
  24. DoctorD

    DoctorD Member+

    Sep 29, 2002
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Bruce Arena is Decepticon Lazerbeak
  25. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    I saw him at the University of Maryland tournament in early September that featured the Terps, Virginia, UCLA and American.

    He was there both days of the tournament.

    I've also heard from a friend who has spotted him on the golf course a couple of times.

    He usually takes a trip to Europe once a year, in part to scout players and in part to meet the coaches of his players as a courtesy so they know who they're dealing with when he calls up his players.

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