28 July 2006

Just what is Bruce up to?

Just as I'm thinking to myself that it'd be interesting to ponder about what Arena plans to do up in Red Bull land, I come across a piece by Ian Plenderleith on the very same. It looks like Arena is bringing in some DC United (and UVA) alumni to his staff at his new club. One of the complaints heard about him in the wake of the World Cup was that he had a preference for surrounding himself with yes-men. On the face of it, it seems he could be doing the same up in New Jersey. I agree with Ian that how much latitude his Austrian bosses give him, and whether Arena's vision for success matches theirs, will be a bigger factor in determinig his success.

The MLS fan in me hopes he can turn the herd in his charge around, since a succesful New York club would be good for the league. Right? That's the conventional wisdom and there's no reason to challenge that line of thinking. The Red Bulls are so below mediocre that its not really a rivalry anymore, despite them paying for their fans to come down to RFK on opening day.

Whatever Bruce concocts, Nowak and the team are up to the challenge.


At 28 July, 2006 16:03, Blogger D said...

Yeah, Ian's article is spot on. It's a joke to say "Immovable object vs. irresistable force" but his analysis of Bruce v. Corporate Culture is great reading.

At 28 July, 2006 22:09, Anonymous se podcast said...

I have yet to remain convinced that a strong NY-area team will have any positive impact on the long-term health of the league. I'm a native New Yorker, and I still root for the teams of my youth, but I've been away long enough to get a different perspective on the NYC sports scene.

Let's say the Red Bulls, at some point, put together a run like they did in 2000. Now take a look at what is going on in NY Sports at the same time. The Yankees in the playoffs (lead story on the news, not just the sports report), and seven teams, the Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Devils and Islanders all beginning their seasons during the Red Bulls' playoff run. There's simply not enough room on the sports pages or on the newscasts to drum up the interest.


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