CARSON, Calif. – U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that four former members of the LA Galaxy head coaching staff will be joining ex-Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena’s staff on the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Former Galaxy assistants Dave Sarachan, Pat Noonan, Kenny Arena and goalkeeper coach Matt Reis will be a part of Arena’s coaching staff as the former Galaxy boss looks to lead the USMNT to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The staff will be based out of U.S. Soccer's offices at StubHub Center.
In addition to naming his coaching staff, Arena also named former U.S. youth coach Thomas Rongen as the USMNT's chief scout.
“The entire staff has a great amount of playing and coaching experience both at the international and professional level,” said Arena in a statement. “With the need to hit the ground running, it’s even more critical that we have a staff that knows the player pool, shares a philosophy on how we approach the game, and has knowledge and experience in the international arena. In different ways, this group ticks all those boxes, and we are already hard at work getting ready for the January Camp and the World Cup Qualifiers in March.”
Sarachan spent eight seasons with the LA Galaxy as Arena’s associate head coach, helping the Galaxy to three MLS Cup victories (2011, 2012, 2014). Noonan was named to the coaching staff in 2013 after calling time on his nine-year professional career. Arena and Reis joined the Galaxy’s staff in 2014 and were instrumental in the club’s MLS Cup title that year.
The U.S. National Team open their annual January camp at StubHub Center next week. The USMNT will play two matches after the conclusion of the training camp against Serbia on Jan. 29 in San Diego and Jamaica on Feb. 3 in Chattanooga.