wherein DF travels to Deutschland for the 2006 world cup to follow the US men's national soccer team

Monday, April 10, 2006

Waldo v. Arena

I just discovered this amusing article written back in February about Eric Wynalda's and Bruce Arena's man crushes on Taylor Twellman and Brian McBride, respectively. I don't know how I missed it earlier, but there are some great quotes:
  • "I'll just say it -- Bruce Arena has a love affair with Brian McBride," Wynalda said.
  • "Is he considered a soccer expert?" Arena skeptically questioned of Wynalda.

It's quotes like these that make me really love Waldo and Bruce. Waldo always speaks his mind, which keeps things fun, even if he does sometimes seem like he's a couple sandwiches short of a picnic (does anyone other than Waldo and Twellman's mom really think Twellman is the better forward than McBride right now?).

And then, of course, there's Bruce getting his panties in a wad about Wynalda's comments. Another coach would have just said something along the lines of "Eric and I will just have to disagree on that point." Not Bruce. Instead, he questions the soccer knowledge of the #1 all-time leading American goal-scorer, who has been capped over 100 times, played in three world cups, and torn up the bundesliga, scoring nine goals in his first ten games, before the Germans broke his leg. In my mind, Arena gets away with saying things like that only because he's been so successful as a coach -- he's succeeded at every level, winning NCAA Division I titles repeatedly with UVa, winning MLS titles repeatedly with DC United, qualifying for the World Cup repeatedly, and earning the US a spot in the quarterfinals of the '02 World Cup. As much as Arena's arrogance sometimes drives me crazy, at the end of the day I have to admit that Arena has earned the right to be arrogant.


Blogger DF said...

Bruce and Waldo truly are the two great egos of American soccer. Is it any coincidence that they're also two of US Soccer's most successful figures?

12:52 PM, April 11, 2006


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