Wynalda vs Arena
Eric Wynalda and Bruce Arena were talking smack on ESPN’s “World Cup Live” last night.
Host Rece Davis asked Arena (live via video-link) how the criticism has effected him, and Arena made some not very subtle references to Wynalda.
“Your analysts … they should know that these competitions are difficult … the 1998 team that many of your analysts participated on, fell apart. On the field and off the field. Our team is a strong team,” said Bruce. “Over the eight years I’ve been with the US team, we’ve advanced considerably. I had to take over a program in 1998 that really was at the bottom, because of really, the antics of a lot of players.”
An irritated Wynalda, in the studio with Davis, responded with “Maybe [Bruce] didn’t elevate soccer in this country, maybe he took it where it should be. I don’t think he’s the guy to take it to the next level, and he proved that …He’s an arrogant guy … He’s never played in a World Cup, he doesn’t know what that’s like.”
As the good people at The Big Lead put it, Wynalda was basically saying “I’m the leading goal-scorer in US history, Bruce. You coached lacrosse!”
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