Kenny Arena leaves FIU in favor of LA Galaxy

The Kenny Arena era at FIU is over. After just two seasons as the men’s soccer coach, Arena has taken a job with the LA Galaxy under his father, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

Arena had a less than spectacular two-year run at FIU, posting a 8-8-2 (0-7-1 C-USA) record in his first season and a 6-10-1 (2-6-1 C-USA) record this year. Arena was a big-name hire by FIU a couple of years ago, and was expected to improve the team drastically.

During his first year, his team started the season on a fantastic run, but by midseason the run fizzled and the team failed to qualify for the C-USA tournament because they couldn’t muster up a single conference win (0-7-1).

This year, Arena’s team did not catch anyone in  C-USA by surprise. Their overall record dropped from 8-8-2 to 6-10-1 but their conference play improved as they picked up two conference wins compared to zero last year.

Arena inherited a team that suffered from years of scholarship reductions by the NCAA, but during his short tenure he had the maximum number of scholarships available.

Two years, 14 wins, 18 losses and three draws later the Kenny Arena era at FIU ended.


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Ruben Palacios
is the Assistant News Director of FIU student media, a sports junkie and a sneaker enthusiast. Not necessarily in that order. Loves the L.A. Lakers and Oakland Raiders. In that order.

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