Revs release 2013 schedule


Revs release 2013 schedule

Following a bye in Week 1, the New England Revolution will kick off their season in Chicago on March 9. The game will be nationally televised by NBC Sports Network.
The Revs will see Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium on March 23 for their home opener.
MARCHSaturday 9 at Chicago (Bridgeview, Ill.) 7:30 p.m. NBCSNSaturday 16 at Philadelphia Union (Chester, Pa.) TBA CSNSaturday 23 vs. Sporting Kansas City (Gillette Stadium) 4 p.m. CSNSaturday 30 vs. FC Dallas (Gillette Stadium) 4 p.m. CSNAPRILSaturday 13 at Seattle Sounders FC (Seattle, Wash.) 4 p.m. CSNSaturday 20 at New York Red Bulls (Harrison, N.J.) 7 p.m. CSNSaturday 27 vs. Philadelphia Union (Gillette Stadium) 7:30p.m. CSNMAYThursday 2 at Portland Timbers (Portland, Ore.) 10:30 p.m. CSNWednesday 8 vs. Real Salt Lake (Gillette Stadium) 8 p.m. CSNSaturday 11 vs. New York Red Bull (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 18 at Houston Dynamo (Houston, Texas) 8:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 25 vs. Toronto FC (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNJUNESunday 2 vs. LA Galaxy (Gillette Stadium) 4 p.m. NBCSNSaturday 8 vs. D.C. United (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 15 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Vancouver, British Columbia) TBA CSNSaturday 29 at Chivas USA (Carson, Calif.) 10:30 p.m. CSNJULYSaturday 6 vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 13 vs. Houston Dynamo (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 20 at Columbus Crew (Columbus, Ohio) 7:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 27 at D.C. United (Washington, D.C.) 7 p.m. CSNAUGUSTSunday 4 vs. Toronto FC (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 10 at Sporting Kansas City (Kansas City, Kan.) 8:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 17 vs. Chicago Fire (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNWednesday 21 at Colorado Rapids (Commerce City, Colo.) 9 p.m. CSN Sunday 25 vs. Philadelphia Union (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNFriday 30 at Toronto FC (Toronto, Ontario) TBA CSNSEPTEMBERSaturday 7 vs. Montreal Impact (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 14 at Chicago Fire (Bridgeview, Ill.) 8:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 21 vs. D.C. United (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNSaturday 28 vs. Houston Dynamo (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNOCTOBERSaturday 5 at New York Red Bulls (Harrison, N.J.) 7 p.m. CSNSaturday 12 at Montreal Impact (Montreal, Quebec) TBA CSNSaturday 19 vs. Columbus Crew (Gillette Stadium) 7:30 p.m. CSNSunday 27 at Columbus Crew (Columbus, Ohio) 4 p.m. CSN

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.