The New England Revolution have placed coach and general manager Bruce Arena on administrative leave pending an MLS review into “allegations of insensitive and inappropriate remarks,” the team said Tuesday.
“The organization takes any allegation of workplace misconduct extremely seriously and is working closely with the league and cooperating fully with its investigation,” said the revolution.
Arena was not present at team activities Sunday and Monday, according to multiple sources around the team. The players were told Sunday that Arena, the two-time U.S. men’s national team coach, would be out for an unspecified amount of time and that technical director Curt Onalfo and assistant coach Richie Williams would be in charge on an interim basis. They were also told that it was not a health issue for Arena.
The Revs play Thursday in the Leagues Cup Round of 32 against Liga MX team Atlas.
Arena’s agent did not immediately return a request for comment.
Last season, Arena became the winningest coach in MLS history and the first to 250 career wins. He is the most decorated coach in league history with five MLS Cups (1996, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2014), four MLS Coach of the Year awards and four MLS Supporters’ Shields across tenures with DC United, New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy and New England.
He also coached the U.S. men’s national team in three World Cup cycles, leading the U.S. to the quarterfinals at the 2002 South Korea/Japan World Cup and then advancing through Germany in 2006. He also took over the team midway through qualifying in the 2018 cycle, when the U.S. failed to qualify for the WC.
Arena, who is in his fourth season in New England, has a career record of 262-152-131 in MLS. The Revs sit in second place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 12-4-7.
One of the more well-known and outspoken personalities in the league, Arena’s influence can be seen throughout MLS coaching staffs and front offices. Those who have worked for or played under him include former American, Egypt, Swansea and LAFC coach Bob Bradley, current American head coach Gregg Berhalter and FC Cincinnati’s Chris Albright and Pat Noonan.
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