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Arena sets sights on pushing Revs into Boston sports’ elite: “That’s why I’m here”

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brian Bilello’s search for the next sporting director and head coach of the New England Revolution began and ended with a single phone call.

Bruce (Arena) is the first person I called,” Bilello said during Thursday morning’s introductory press conference for the five-time MLS Cup winner. “It moved relatively quickly.”

The entire search process – which began late last week, shortly after Brad Friedel was relieved of head coaching duties – lasted only a few days and concluded with Arena taking charge of the Revolution’s entire soccer operation this past Tuesday morning.