Luis and I were discussing the possibility of Bruce Arena becoming the Galaxy's next coach.
Drama always makes for good copy, and I don't doubt that Bruce would bring some drama and a certain amount of swagger to the team.
On the other hand, I'd rather the club pick someone who has had more recent success in the league. Also, Bruce's ties to certain players led to choices like Reyna in NY, or John O'Brien on the national team in 2006. His objectivity is questionable because of those picks.
After that World Cup, Bruce probably had his biggest success with the signing of Juan Pablo Angel to the Red Bulls, so that was a positive choice in his factor. He also helped foster the emergence of Jozy Altidore. I think New York administration pulled the plug on his tenure too early, but for the money and power they had given him, they wanted to see success more quickly.
As a reporter, I see pros and cons to having Bruce around as a coach. He's very intelligent and has some great lines. Many of them are snide, however, even though he's a good quote. Bruce could probably be as obnoxious as he wants to be if he gets the team winning, though. People dote on winners.
It's a bit funny to think of Landon Donovan saying that he found Ruud Gullit disrespectful at times. Bruce can be hard on players, too, and he's said sharply critical things of many players before, while avoiding taking blame on himself. But LD thinks Bruce is great, so maybe it's not what one says, but the way one says it.
I thought that Bruce would be a good fit for Philly, frankly, though they don't play until 2010. If successful, he could wreck revenge on DC United (supposedly, DC didn't jettison Tom Soehn for Arena earlier this year because Kevin Payne didn't want to give up as much control as Bruce wanted).
Cobi Jones emphasized at the press conference for the SuperClasico that as far as he knows, he's the coach for that game, with nothing promised for later. Perhaps that means that AEG has a coach in mind.
The ultimate LA coach would be well-known enough to be respected internationally, bilingual in Spanish and English, with good knowledge of MLS, an advocate of solid, yet creative soccer, an excellent scout, well-spoken, charismatic and a good people manager.