Revolution - D.C. United preview

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Revolution - D.C. United preview

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Follow @dannypicard
The New England Revolution made it clear after Sunday nights 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union, that its time for everyone to start playing for their jobs.

In a quick turnaround, the Revs will try to back up their words on Wednesday night in Washington D.C. against D.C. United.

Frustration has reached a season-high after Sundays loss, which extended the Revolutions winless skid to nine games. New Englands last win came back on May 14. Since then, the Revs are 0-6-3, and according to everyone involved, the only way things are going to improve for the Eastern Conferences last-place team, is if they start playing with more heart.

The return of captain Shalrie Joseph to the lineup on Wednesday will also help. Joseph was suspended for Sundays match because of yellow-card accumulation.

As one player returns, another will sit out. Midfielder Benny Feilhaber will be suspended for Wednesday because of his ejection from Sundays game after he received a pair of yellow cards.

As for the injury report, Kevin Alston (hamstring), Zak Boggs (ankle), Ryan Cochrane (foot), and Chris Tierney (hamstring) were all listed as probable on Tuesday, while Kheli Dube (whiplash) was ruled out.

A day after the Revs 3-0 loss, Revs midfielder Ousmane Dabo announced his retirement from professional soccer. Dabo signed with the club on February 11, but made just three appearances due to injuries.

This is a very tough decision for me, and Im frustrated to have not been able to help the Revolution more, Dabo said. Ive had some physical issues that I havent been able to heal, so Ive decided to retire and release the club from my contract. I very much wish the New England Revolution all of the best and thank them for everything.

We know this was not easy for Ousmane, but we respect the decision he's made, Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. He is a true professional and provided leadership to our team this year when he was on the field. Hes had a terrific career, and we wish him all the best in whatever venture he chooses next.

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Jurgen Klinsmann fired as coach of United States soccer team

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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.