The Fricker Award, the highest honor presented by U.S. Soccer, goes annually to an individual who "has worked tirelessly on furthering the interest of ... soccer without regard to personal recognition or advancement."
Arena, who led the Galaxy to three of the last four
"Bruce's contribution to soccer in the United States began as a coach at Virginia 37 years ago and during that time he has guided college, professional and national teams to national and international titles," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, a previous Fricker recipient, said in a statement. "The path he paved certainly set the bar higher and the legacy he created will last for future generations."
Werner Fricker was a Yugoslavian-born soccer player who later became president of U.S. Soccer and is enshrined in the Hall of Fame. He was also the first winner of the award named posthumously in his honor.