Phelan's first career goal lifts Revs

Phelan's first career goal lifts Revs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Third-year midfielder Pat Phelan scored the first goal of his MLS career and goalkeeper Matt Reis made a season-high six saves to record his second regular-season shutout, lifting the New England Revolution to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.The win extended the Revolutions (5-9-3, 18 pts.) unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) in all competitions and three games (2-0-1) in league action. Meanwhile, the loss was the fourth straight for United (3-13-3, 12 pts.), which is now winless in its last seven league games.The games only goal arrived in the 42nd minute courtesy of a set piece, as Chris Tierneys curling free kick was nodded home by Phelan.Kevin Alston (L hamstring strain) and Marko Perovic (L calf strain) both missed out after sustaining minor injuries in the midweek SuperLiga victory over Puebla, leaving just 14 healthy field players available for the Revs. That included Serbian forward Ilija Stolica, who received his U.S. P-1 Visa on Friday morning and arrived in Boston from Belgrade on Friday night.With his options limited, head coach Steve Nicol named an improvised starting lineup with central defender Emmanuel Osei playing right back and forward Kenny Mansally earning just his second start of the regular season alongside Zack Schilawski.As expected under the direction of interim head coach Ben Olsen for the first time, United came out with high energy as the visitors looked to prove a point following the dismissal of former head coach Curt Onalfo midweek. The Revs did well to limit D.C.s chances, however, as a 15-yard header from Pablo Hernandez represented the only decent effort for either side in the opening 25 minutes.New England responded with its first quality chance in the 28th minute, when Cory Gibbs free header from Mansallys corner kick looped over the bar. Schilawski followed that up with a 25-yard blast in the 39th minute, and although D.C. goalkeeper had Bill Hamid appeared to have it covered, the shot flashed just wide of the right post.The Revolutions pressure paid off with a goal just before halftime, as Phelan got on the end of Tierneys curling free kick in the 42nd minute. Tierneys service came from near midfield, and Phelan pulled away from Branko Boskovic before expertly flicking a header toward the far post. Hamid got his hand on the ball but couldnt prevent it from crossing the line to give the Revs a 1-0 halftime lead.United began the second half in search of an equalizer and almost found it in the 56th minute when Boskovics clever pass freed Hernandez at the penalty spot. Hernandez fired a low shot, but Reis charged off his line to kick the effort away.Looking to hold on to their slender lead, the Revs brought on Stolica for his MLS debut in the 73rd minute. At 6-foot-1, the big striker provided some muscle up front, the ability to hold the ball and help the Revs move out of the back.United almost broke through just seconds after the substitution, but Stephen Kings side-footed effort from 20 yards narrowly flew past the upper right corner. Former Revolution forward Adam Cristman then had a free header from six yards in the 80th minute, but he bounced his effort wide.The games final scoring chance fell to Mansally in the 85th minute as his left-footed volley went close, but the Revs didnt need the goal in the end as Phelans strike held up for the 1-0 win.The Revs will now have a full week off before their next match, a regular-season encounter with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, Aug. 14. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium is set for 8 p.m.New England Revolution (5-9-3, 18 pts.) vs. D.C. United (3-13-3, 12 pts.)
August 7, 2010 Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)NOTES:The win improved the Revolutions record against D.C. United to 21-25-8 all time, and 14-9-4 at home including 8-3-4 at Gillette Stadium since the facility opened in 2002.The Revolution now has a seven-game unbeaten in all competitions dating back to July 10 New England is 5-0-2 during that stretch, including 2-0-1 in MLS play the run matches the Revolutions longest such streak since 2008.Pat Phelan scored his first career goal in the 42nd minute when he redirected a free kick off the foot of Chris Tierney with his head into the back of the net Phelans first goal comes in the same season as his first career regular-season assist, which he picked up at Columbus (May 8).New England won its first season series of 2010 on its fourth try the Revs finished 0-1-1 against San Jose, and 1-1-0 against both Toronto and LA.The Revolution won consecutive season series over D.C. United for the first time ever New England finished 1-0-1 against D.C. last year and swept this year, 2-0-0 before 2009, the Revolution had not won a season series since 2005.Chris Tierney tallied his second assist of the season on Saturday night fifth of his career Tierneys first assist of the season was also against United, when he assisted Kenny Mansally in the 80th minute on New Englands first goal of the 2010 season.Emmanuel Osei started the first game of his career at right back, in place of the injured Kevin Alston.Chris Tierney started his 15 match of the season the fourth game of the season at left back he has also started eight games at left midfield and three at central midfield.Recent signees Ilija Stolica and Roberto Linck were present and available for their first MLS matches as members of the Revolution Stolica was on the sideline for his first game, while Linck was available, but did not play in the SuperLiga semifinal win over Puebla F.C. on Wednesday.Ilija Stolica made his first MLS appearance in the 73rd minute when he replaced Zack Shilawski. Roberto Linck subsequently made his initial appearance in the 80th minute when he came on for Khano Smith.After making his first start in a Revolution uniform at left back last weekend at Philadelphia, Gibbs moved back to his customary position at central defense ... while Gibbs was a member of the Colorado Rapids last year, he made 16 of his 19 starts at left back.D.C. United interim head coach Ben Olsen made his head coaching debut on Saturday night against the Revolution Olsen took over early in the week when Curt Onalfo was dismissed in the middle of his first year at the helm.Former Rev Adam Cristman made his first ever appearance against the Revolution when he replaced Branko Boskovic in the 69th minute Cristman was a member of the Revolution for two seasons, from 2007-2008, when he appeared in 46 games, scored 10 goals and assisted on five others Cristman played for Kansas City in 2009 before landing in D.C. this season

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.