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Bruce Arena Elected to United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame

This isn’t even the first Hall of Fame honor for the former Virginia head coach

Serbia v United States Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images

United Soccer Coaches, formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, announced on Wednesday that Bruce Arena and Anson Dorrance are the two newest members of the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame, both to be inducted in January 2018.

Head coach at Virginia from 1978-1996, Arena led the Cavaliers to five national championships, including four straight from 1991-1994 (1989 was the first-ever title for the Hoos). Since Arena took Virginia to the NCAA Tournament in 1981, the Hoos have still never missed an NCAA appearance — the longest such streak across any NCAA sport.

Arena left Virginia to take the head coaching position at newly created D.C. United in the inaugural MLS season in 1996. Along with the MLS Cup, the 1996 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title earned D.C. the "Double" for the year, cementing the club in U.S. Soccer history. D.C. United went on to repeat its MLS Cup win in 1997, earning Arena MLS Coach of the Year honors.

Named as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team after a disappointing 1998 FIFA World Cup, Arena built one of the most successful stretches in U.S. Soccer history. The height of his success on the national level was leading the team to their best-ever finish at the FIFA World Cup, reaching the quarterfinals in 2002 before losing a controversial game to world-power Germany. During his eight years as head coach, Arena compiled a record of 71-30-29, earning a .658 winning percentage.

After his time with the national team, Arena moved back into MLS, coaching the New York Red Bulls for a year and a half before being named general manager and head coach of the LA Galaxy in August of 2008. A year later, Arena led the Galaxy to the 2009 MLS Cup, falling to Real Salt Lake in a shootout.

Arena returned to coach the USMNT from 2016-2017, having resigned in October after the team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. He was elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010.

Joining Arena in the 2018 class is Anson Dorrance, currently in his 41st season of coaching at the University of North Carolina, has led the Tar Heels women’s soccer program to 22 national championships, becoming the first coach in NCAA history to win 20 titles in a single sport. Dorrance also coached the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1986-1994, during which time the USWNT won the inaugural World Cup in 1991. Dorrance is also a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, elected in 2008.