Bruce Arena decided that since the Red Bulls have been struggling a little bit lately, it was time for him to open his mouth and get some attention. From the artist who brought you "He's a Superfan" and "Jean Tigana is a jerk", now it's time for "That's a Team that I Built".
You just couldn't let Bob Bradley has his moment in the sun, could you Bruce? I thoroughly disagree with those who say that this team plays the same way it always did. I think Bob has changed things up, without a radical overhaul, for the better.
You built this team, Bruce. Really, Bruce? I don't remember Benny Feilhaber in your teams. I don't remember Bornstein or DeMerit, Simek or Parkhurst. I think you might know Ricardo Clark's name, but you sure didn't play him much, same with Spector and Mapp. You gave Michael Bradley some time in camp last summer to fill out the numbers, but that's all. Brad Guzan also falls into that category. So, ten guys out of 23 barely did anything for you, but you built this team?
To continue your quote, "When I stepped in eight years ago, there was a lot I had to deal with. But its good they've been able to continue to move forward." I'm sure it was hard to move forward without Il Brucio, but I think the team is coping well. Hey, they actually figured out how to play a 4-5-1 formation and not look like they were praying for a 0-0 draw. You could've used that in the "must win" game against Ghana, right Bruce?
Bruce, just get it through your head that this team has nothing to do with you anymore. You did a great job in the 2002 World Cup. You had other impressive moments. Don't spit on your legacy any further with stupid comments like this. Didn't 2006 do enough to tarnish your reputation? You went from all these offers in Europe to the Swamp.
Bob Bradley and his staff did a great job in the Gold Cup. I'm sure he would say that he learned a great deal from you over the years, and he has in many interviews. However Bruce, this is BOB's team now, not yours. Why don't you focus on your own team in New York and let Bob do his job?