New England Revolution coach Bruce Arena placed on leave over alleged ‘insensitive and inappropriate remarks’

Bruce Arena has been sidelined indefinitely as New England Revolution head coach. (Photo by Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/Getty Images).

New England Revolution head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena was placed on administrative leave Tuesday following allegations of “insensitive and inappropriate remarks,” MLS announced Tuessday.

The leave is pending a review of the allegations.

It is currently unknown what Arena is alleged to have said.

Per The Athletic, Arena wasn’t present at team activities Sunday and Monday. Players were reportedly told Sunday that Arena would not be present for an unspecified amount of time, with technical director Curt Onalfo and assistant coach Richie Williams taking over operations in the meantime. They were also told it was not a health issue for the 71-year-old Arena.

Arena has been a fixture for MLS and U.S. Soccer going back decades, with head-coaching stints with D.C. United, the New York Red Bulls and the LA Galaxy, as well as two separate stints coaching the U.S. men’s national team. He has been in charge in New England since 2019, a span in which the team has gone 68-43-40.

He last coached the USMNT in 2017, resigning after the team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.


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