Joseph, Reis call out 'immature' Revolution team after loss

Joseph, Reis call out 'immature' Revolution team after loss

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Saturday night pretty much summed it up.

The way the New England Revolution lost to Real Salt Lake,2-1, at Gillette Stadium, typifies the season, according to Revs coach SteveNicol.

Not just with the way Real Salt Lake scored both of theirgoals, but also, with the timing of them, and more specifically, the timing of thegame-winner, which was scored by Alvaro Saborio in the 84th minute, not eventwo full minutes after Revolution midfielder Sainey Nyassi (originally creditedto Kenny Mansally) tied the game at 1-1 in the 82nd minute.

As far as the goals we allowed, theyre terrible goals,said Nicol after the loss. I mean, Salt Lakes a good team, but I thought wewere better than them tonight.

The Revs outshot Real Salt Lake 20-6, and held an 8-3shots-on-goal advantage in the game. They allowed two goals that could have,and probably should have been prevented. But somewhere within Saturday nightsloss that symbolized the entire 2010 season for New England, there was anotherissue that once again reared its ugly head.

And Shalrie Joseph went out of his way to point out, afterthe loss, that this Revs team has a whole lot of growing up to do.

You can take some positives out of it, but at the end ofthe day, we lost 2-1, and it shows in our maturity on the field, that we cantconcentrate for 90 minutes, and we start doing stuff when were not supposedto, said New Englands captain. Once we do that, we lose focus, we lose ourconcentration, and we start losing the game.

Joseph went on to say that maturity has been the teamsbiggest issue all season.

We have 23-, 24-year-olds, not to put their age on display,but at the end of the day, weve got to be able to stay concentrated for 90minutes, said Joseph. You dont give up goals like that. They basically hadnothing the whole game. We kept pushing the tempo, we kept attacking, we keptpossession well, we moved, created chances, and at the end of the night, werestill 2-1 down. You look, everybodys sour now. The mood in this locker room isjust down because you come out and dont win at all.

As veterans on the team, Joseph and Matt Reis both took someof the responsibility, when addressing those maturity issues after Saturday night's loss. But as vocalleaders, neither declined the opportunity to call out the rest of theRevolution squad.

Weve got to put that on me and Matt, said Joseph. Wevegot to get them going again. Weve got to be set and concentrate for 90minutes. But at the end of the day, it comes down to the individual on thefield. Theres 11 of us. Even though we play as a team, everybody knows theirwork, everybody knows their task out there, and they've just got to do it."

Weve lost a few leaders in this locker room, said Reis.And its time for the young guys to step up and realize theyre a key part ofthis team. Shalrie said its he and I, the two elder statesmen of the team, butin the end, whoevers out there has got to take control of their job and dotheir job.

Both of Real Salt Lakes goals came off set pieces a NatBorchers header off a free kick from 30-yards out in the 68th minute, andSaborios header off Javier Morales corner kick. Joseph said after the gamethat those types of goals are inexcusable. And everyone else agreed.

Theyre both basic-error goals, said Nicol. You go downthe park on Sunday morning, and you dont see two goals like that. Youshouldnt see two goals like that on a professional football field. And thatswhere we let ourselves down.

I mean, they were just basic errors that kind of stung usmost of the season.

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Jurgen Klinsmann fired as coach of United States soccer team


Jurgen Klinsmann fired as coach of United States soccer team

NEW YORK - Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as coach of the U.S. soccer team Monday, six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is the favorite to succeed Klinsmann, and his hiring could be announced as early as Tuesday. Arena coached the national team from 1998 to 2006.

Qualifying resumes when the U.S. hosts Honduras on March 24 and plays four days later at Panama.

"While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction," U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "With the next qualifying match in late March, we have several months to refocus the group and determine the best way forward to ensure a successful journey to qualify for our eighth consecutive World Cup."

A former German star forward who has lived mostly in Southern California since retiring as a player in 1998, Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley in July 2011 and led the team to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and the second round of the 2014 World Cup, where the Americans lost to Belgium in extra time.

The USSF announced in December 2013 a four-year contract extension through 2018, but the successful World Cup was followed by poor performances. The U.S. was knocked out by Jamaica in last year's Gold Cup semifinals and lost to Mexico in a playoff for a Confederations Cup berth. The team rebounded to reach this year's Copa America semifinals before losing to Argentina 4-0. But this month Mexico beat the Americans 2-1 at Columbus, Ohio, in the first home qualifying loss for the U.S. since 2001.

And last week, the Americans were routed in Costa Rica, their largest margin of defeat in qualifying since 1980. They dropped to 0-2 for the first time in the hexagonal, as the final round of World Cup qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean is known.

While there is time to recover, given the top three teams qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia and the fourth-place finisher advances to a playoff against Asia's No. 5 team, players seemed confused by Klinsmann's tactics, such as a 3-4-1-2 formation used at the start against the Mexicans.

"Today we made the difficult decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann," Gulati said. "There were considerable achievements along the way ... but there were also lesser publicized efforts behind the scenes. He challenged everyone in the U.S. Soccer community to think about things in new ways, and thanks to his efforts we have grown as an organization and expect there will be benefits from his work for years to come."

The U.S. had not changed coaches in the middle of qualifying since the USSF made the position a full-time job and hired Bob Gansler in 1989 to replace Lothar Osiander, who also at the time was a waiter at a San Francisco restaurant.

Klinsmann made controversial decisions, such as dropping Landon Donovan from the 2014 World Cup roster while taking along relatively inexperienced players such as John Brooks, Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin. Brooks and Green were among five German-Americans on the 23-man U.S. World Cup roster, which drew criticism from some in the American soccer community.

He coached the team to a 55-27-16 record, including a U.S.-record 12-game winning streak and victories in exhibitions at Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. He has worked in the past year to integrate more young players into the lineup, such as teen midfield sensation Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris.

Arena, a 65-year-old wisecracking Brooklynite known for blunt talk, was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010. He coached the University of Virginia from 1978-95, then coached D.C. United to titles in Major League Soccer's first two seasons before losing in the 1998 final. As U.S. coach, he led the Americans to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals in the team's best finish since 1930.

He was let go after the team's first-round elimination in 2006. Gulati unsuccessfully courted Klinsmann, who won the 1990 World Cup with West Germany and the 1996 European Championship with Germany, then coached his nation to the 2006 World Cup semifinals.

When Gulati and Klinsmann couldn't reach an agreement, the USSF hired Bradley, who coached the team to the second round of the 2010 World Cup. A year later, the Americans stumbled in the Gold Cup, and Klinsmann replaced Bradley.

Arena coached the New York Red Bulls of MLS from July 2006 to November 2007, then was hired the following August by the Galaxy. He led the team to MLS titles in 2011, '12 and '14.