It’s been a while since Bruce Arena coached a game with the U.S. national team.
“We’re on our third president now,” said Arena, whose first stint with the national team ended when the 2006 World Cup did. “Things have changed.”
Changed a lot. Consider that Twitter was launched the month Arena was fired, while Facebook was still a niche product. And the iPhone hadn’t even been invented.
But if the world around him has changed, those who know Arena best insist the coach hasn’t.
“Same guy,” said forward Jozy Altidore, who played his first professional game for Arena. “He’s probably a better coach. [But] he’s still the same guy.”