Soccer

Bruce Arena returns as US coach, replacing Jurgen Klinsmann

  • FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena yells at the side judge during the first half of a knockout round MLS playoff soccer match against Real Salt Lake in Carson, Calif. Arena is returning to coach the U.S. national team, a decade after he was fired.  The winningest coach in American national team history, Arena took over Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired.  (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, FIle)

    FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena yells at the side judge during the first half of a knockout round MLS playoff soccer match against Real Salt Lake in Carson, Calif. Arena is returning to coach the U.S. national team, a decade after he was fired. The winningest coach in American national team history, Arena took over Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, FIle)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 23, 2006, file photo, United States team manager Bruce Arena, right, speaks to journalists about being eliminated from the 2006 soccer World Cup at a news conference in Hamburg, Germany, as press officer Michael Kammarman listens at left. Arena is returning to coach the U.S. national team, a decade after he was fired.  The winningest coach in American national team history, Arena took over Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    FILE - In this June 23, 2006, file photo, United States team manager Bruce Arena, right, speaks to journalists about being eliminated from the 2006 soccer World Cup at a news conference in Hamburg, Germany, as press officer Michael Kammarman listens at left. Arena is returning to coach the U.S. national team, a decade after he was fired. The winningest coach in American national team history, Arena took over Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 13, 2006, file photo, United States national soccer team manager Bruce Arena reacts as he speaks during a news conference in Hamburg, Germany, the day after they lost, 3-0, to the Czech Republic in a Group E, World Cup soccer match. Arena is returning to coach the U.S. national team, a decade after he was fired.  The winningest coach in American national team history, Arena took over Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    FILE - In this June 13, 2006, file photo, United States national soccer team manager Bruce Arena reacts as he speaks during a news conference in Hamburg, Germany, the day after they lost, 3-0, to the Czech Republic in a Group E, World Cup soccer match. Arena is returning to coach the U.S. national team, a decade after he was fired. The winningest coach in American national team history, Arena took over Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)  (The Associated Press)

Bruce Arena is returning to coach the U.S. national team, a decade after he was fired.

The winningest coach in American national team history, Arena took over Tuesday, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired. His hiring takes effect Dec. 1.

With the U.S. 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. Soccer Federation wants to spark a turnaround when the playoffs resume March 24 with a home game against Honduras.

Arena coached the national team to a 71-30-29 record from 1998 to 2006. A 65-year-old wisecracking Brooklynite known for blunt talk and sarcasm, he coached the University of Virginia from 1978-95, then led D.C. United to titles in Major League Soccer's first two seasons before losing in the 1998 final. He guided the Americans to the team's best World Cup finish since 1930, a 1-0 loss to Germany in the 2002 quarterfinals.

He was let go after the team's first-round elimination by Ghana in 2006.