California: What If Your State Had a National Team?

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Nov 23, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena argues a call during the Western Conference Championship game against the Seattle Sounders FC at StubHub Center. Galaxy won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Manager: Bruce Arena (LA Galaxy), Assistants: Jeff Agoos, Landon Donovan

Captain: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Vice Captains: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union)

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  • California not only has the biggest player pool to choose from out of any American state, but they also have the best staff.  Bruce Arena is perhaps the best coach in the history of MLS, a point that perhaps only the Bob Bradley faithful might have grounds on which to debate that.  The former Cornell portero coached the United States Men’s National Team to its best finish in a World Cup since 1936, reaching the quarterfinals.  Atop that, he’s coached DC United, New York Red Bulls, and LA Galaxy; three of MLS’s most storied clubs.  He’s won four MLS Cups, three Supporters Shields, and 3 CONCACAF Gold Cups as well as a US Open Cup and a CONCACAF Champions Cup, which is the CONCACAF CL’s predecessor.  He’s achieved success in two sports, as he (for a short time) crossed athletic borders into Lacrosse where he played for the US National Lacrosse Team a won a national championship and was elected into the NJCAA Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

    While Jeff Agoos has limited coaching experience, he was a former student of Arena at both DC United and as an American International.  He was an assistant coach at the University of Virginia in 1995, before deciding to play professionally once again.   Landon Donovan, after retiring, has said multiple times that he would like to get into coaching.  I doubt he wants to be coaching under Jurgen Klinsmann, so why not get his first coaching experience while helping out his former coach?  With Donovan retiring, there is a void in the captaincy, with many possible suitors.  Rimando is the elder statesman of the bunch, as well as the most capable of the remaining players.  Edu and Wondo serve as more than apt lieutenants.