UCLA Men's Soccer Adds Kenny Arena To Coaching Staff

Feb. 6, 2008

Former Major League Soccer player Kenny Arena has been hired as an assistant coach for the UCLA men's soccer team. Arena was an assistant coach at George Mason last season and a volunteer coach for the University of Virginia in 2006.

Arena was responsible for player development, recruiting and scheduling at George Mason in 2007. At Virginia in 2006, he helped the Cavaliers advance to the NCAA Semifinals, where they lost to UCLA. In addition, Arena has been training and coaching club teams in the Virginia area since 1998.

Arena played three seasons in Major League Soccer, spending the 2003 and 2004 seasons with the NY/NJ MetroStars and the 2005 season with DC United. In 2002, Arena was a member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team and was also a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team from 2000-2001. He played in the 2001 World Youth Championships in Argentina, scoring a goal against the Ukraine.

At the University of Virginia, Arena started in 65 of 78 games at midfield from 1999-2002, totaling 24 career points off seven goals (including three game-winners) and 10 assists. He earned all-conference honors as a senior and was twice named to the VaSID All-Virginia team.

Arena's father, Bruce, was the head coach of the U.S. men's national team from 1998-2006 and coached in two World Cups. He also coached national championship teams at DC United and the University of Virginia.

'Kenny Arena arrives with a great deal of experience both as a player and as a young coach who comes from a great soccer pedigree,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'Our players are looking forward to learning from the great experiences he has had in Major League Soccer with New York and DC United.'

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