Arena tears into MLS hierarchy in must-read Washington Post interview
Washington Post writer Steven Goff got blood and guts from Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena in an interview published Monday.
Those wondering how Arena felt about losing out on a deal to acquire Anderlecht playmaker Sacha Kljestan will have no doubts following his vitriol-laced reply to Goff’s questions.
Enough from us, though, here’s Bruce.From The Washington Post’s Soccer Insider blog:
What happened with the possible Kljestan deal from Anderlecht? You seemed all set to sign him.
“We had a trade in place. We had budget room and space to be able to do it. We had all of our ducks in a row. We were positioned to sign a player. I won’t go into detail and just say forces within the league worked real hard to make sure that didn’t happen.”
“Because they are children and there have to be adults in the process, and we didn’t have enough of them. I think we are back into the old days in the league when the rules are somewhat arbitrary. Hopefully we will get that straightened out in the offseason.”
You traded defender Kofi Opare to D.C. for a high position in the allocation order with the intent to sign Kljestan, right?
“We were going to add a player.”
And boom goes the dynamite.
Arena is angry, and it makes sense. The league’s rules have been a little, well, difficult to understand. Some would say they play loose with them. And if you want to read Arena’s thoughts on Jermaine Jones ending up in New England instead of his reportedly-preferred destination of Chicago, you should definitely head inside.