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Arena vs. Kreis in MLS Cup

In a piece headlined "MLS Cup coaches offer contrast," Beau Dure examines the relationship between Los Angeles' Bruce Arena and Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis. "In the early 1990s, Jason Kreis was an All-American soccer player at Duke whose team had the misfortune of sharing a conference with a dynasty at Virginia, where Bruce Arena coached his team to a national championship for four consecutive years."

Kreis said that although Duke lost often to Arena's Virginia, he admired the team's playing style: "They possessed the ball and played the way I think the game should be played. So I've always had a lot of admiration for the way Bruce coached that team."

Arena, while national team boss, also coached Kreis -- and he coached against him when Kreis was becoming one the league's all-time leading scorers.

Dure points out that Arena has the edge in experience by a couple of decades; Kreis began his coaching career May 3, 2007 when he switched from RSL captain to coach. Says Kreis: "Bruce in particular was a lot more gracious than I thought he would be. ... He put a hand out there and helped me early on when I was coaching. I appreciate the insight he's given me over the years.

Read the whole story at USA Today »

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