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Bruce Arena elected as builder
January 24th, 2010 7AM
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[HALL OF FAME] Bruce Arena, whose coaching record includes two Gold Cup titles with the USA, two MLS Cup, one U.S. Open Cup, one Concacaf Champions Cup and one Inter-American Cup championships with D.C. United and five NCAA championships with the University of Virginia, has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2010 on the Builder ballot.

Arena was named on 78 percent of the ballots. In 2009, Arena was the leading vote-getter on the Builder ballot, but did not meet the requirement of being named to 50 percent of the ballots to earn election.

In 18 seasons at the University of Virginia, Arena won five national championships, including four in a row from 1991-1994, on his way to an overall 295-51-31 record that effectively built the Cavaliers' program.

Arena left Virginia to take the head coaching position at D.C. United in the inaugural MLS season in 1996. D.C. won the double in 1996 and repeated as MLS champion in 1997, earning Arena MLS Coach of the Year honors. It fell to Chicago, 2-0, in the 1998 MLS final.

Arena then built one of the most successful stretches in U.S. Soccer history, leading the USA to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002. During his eight years as head coach, Arena compiled a record of 71-30-29, earning a .658 winning percentage.

After his time with the national team, Arena moved back into MLS, coaching the New York Red Bulls for a year and a half before being named general manager and head coach of the LA Galaxy in August of 2008. He led the Galaxy to the 2009 MLS Cup, falling to Real Salt Lake in a shootout.

2010 Builder Ballot Elections Results
Builders Votes Pct.
Bruce Arena 42 77.78%    
Bob Gansler 31 57.41%    
Tony DiCicco 28 51.85%    
Chuck Blazer 25 46.30%    
Francisco Marcos 22 40.74%    
Dr. Robert S. Contiguglia 21 38.89%    
Don Garber 21 38.89%    
Sigi Schmid 20 37.04%    
Kevin Payne 14 25.93%    
Fritz Marth 12  22.22%    


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