It didn't take Bruce Arena long to decide on his United States coaching staff. His picks were rumored three weeks after his hiring, and on Wednesday U.S. Soccer made it official: Arena hired four coaches from his LA Galaxy coaching staff, plus Thomas Rongen, who coached the United States U-20 during Arena's previous USMNT stint. With his picks, Arena is opting for familiarity and trust above all else.
Sarachan has been with Arena since 1984, when he was an assistant on Arena's University of Virginia staff. Sarachan spent five years as the Chicago Fire manager, but has otherwise spent his entire professional career coaching with Arena, at a couple clubs in addition to Arena's last stint with the U.S. This is American soccer's ultimate coaching duo.
Noonan went straight from LA Galaxy player to LA Galaxy coach. Before coaching, he had a decade-long playing career that included 15 caps for the U.S. The Galaxy players have spoken glowingly of Noonan's coaching and he's considered one of the brighter young assistants in American soccer.
Like Noonan, Reis went from playing to Arena's staff in LA. He's been the Galaxy's goalkeeping coach for the last three years, passing along the knowledge he gained in the 315 professional matches he played.
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Kenny is Bruce's son and got his start in college soccer, working as an assistant at Virginia, George Mason and UCLA before getting the head coaching job at Florida International. After two years there, Kenny joined Bruce's staff with the Galaxy, where he's been for two years, and now he'll make the jump to the U.S.
Rongen, who joins the staff as chief scout, has decades of coaching experience across the college, professional and youth international levels. He coached the United States U-20 team twice, from 2001 to 2004, while Arena coached the senior team, and then again from 2006 to 2011. He also had multiple stints as a manager in MLS for D.C. United, Chivas USA, the New England Revolution and the Tampa Bay Mutiny, as well as serving as Toronto FC's academy director.