On Monday, August 24, 2020, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced that an additional two-game suspension for New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena. Arena will also have to pay a $15,000 fine.
Revs fans will remember that Arena was forced to sit out for a game due to the red card he received because he confronted a referee after the Revolution’s 1-0 defeat to Philadelphia Union in the Round of 16 in the MLS is Back tournament. This action apparently warranted further discipline.
Arena ironically served his initial one-game suspension when the Revs once again faced the Union. The match ended in a scoreless draw.
Arena will now miss today’s match against D.C. United and August 29th’s match against the New York Red Bulls.
While Arena serves his suspension, the Revolution will rely on Assistant Coach Richie Williams. With various stints with organizations like UVA, New York Red Bulls, Louden United, and various US National teams, Williams has a total of fifteen years of coaching experience. He will easily grasp the reins for the Revolution until Arena can return.