Former USA coach Bruce Arena has been named the coach and sporting director of the MLS New York Red Bulls.

The move had been expected since Arena was told last week that week that his eight-year tenure as the US coach would end at the end of the year. The Red Bulls fired Mo Johnston last month and replaced him with assistant Richie Williams.

Arena was appointed US coach in October 1998, and guided his country to a quarter-final spot in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. His reign ended after the US’ failure to qualify for the knockout stages at Germany 2006.

He previously led D.C. United to the first three MLS Cup finals, winning two.