Bruce Arena: Poor communication led to MLS teams playing in CCL a week before playoffs

22 October 10:15 pm

Bruce Arena: Poor communication led to MLS teams playing in CCL a week before playoffs

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy have a hefty portion on their plate this week as they close out the CONCACAF Champions League against Isidro Metapán in El Salvador before changing gears three days later to take on Seattle Sounders FC in their MLS regular season finale. 

The two game slate promises to be a challenging one that will cause the Galaxy to utilize their entire squad and LA head coach Bruce Arena takes full responsibility for their congested schedule.  Arena noted following the Galaxy’s final training session before departing for El Salvador that he was aware of the busy schedule last December, but the club and MLS were unable to work with CONCACAF to prevent MLS teams from playing in the final week.   

“I think that the whole exercise of us playing this week is stupid. I take the majority of the blame for that. I should not have allowed this to happen. It is poor communication and procedure on a part of the LA Galaxy, CONCACAF and MLS. This shouldn’t have happened at this time. There are teams in our group that are finished and there aren’t any other leagues that are in their last week. We should have been the league not playing this week.

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