Revs can't blame blown lead on red-carded Reis

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Revs can't blame blown lead on red-carded Reis

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO -- New England goalkeeper Matt Reis made nine saves onWednesday night. Unfortunately for the Revolution, the one he didnt make inthe 90th minute was the difference between a win and a draw.

The Revs played to a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo onWednesday at Gillette Stadium. For 86 minutes, it looked as if New Englandwould snap a four-game winless skid, thanks to Ryan Cochranes goal in thefourth minute that gave the Revolution an early 1-0 lead.

But in the final moments of the match, a Dynamo corner kickresulted in an aerial header by Houstons Carlo Costly. Reis made the initialsave, but as he fell to the ground at the goal line, Dynamo defender BobbyBoswell snuck in and knocked home the loose ball that Reis couldnt completelyhold onto.

It was, no doubt, a devastating turn of events.

To lose the two points in the 90th minute, obviously stings in the throat,said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. But if were honest, we were under a lot ofpressure tonight, and we stood up well. But we just couldnt hold on at theend.

That pressure came immediately following Cochranes earlyscore, but Reis was there for each and every one of Houstons chances. He wasmaking leaping saves, diving saves, you name it. If a ball was coming his way,Reis was making the stop. It was just that type of night for him.

And because of it, nobody in the New England locker room isputting the blame on him.

Reis showed that hes the best goalie in the league, saidRevolution defender A.J. Soares. Were lucky to have him. He kept us in thegame the whole time. Everyone does a job, and he did a great job tonight.

Revs captain Shalrie Joseph also had high praise for Reis,saying that the rest of the team let their goalkeeper down on the game-tyinggoal in the 90th minute, by not clearing out the loose ball after Reis initialsave.

Oh he was huge, said Joseph. This is probably the bestIve seen him this year, as far as I can remember. He just kept us in it. Hemade huge saves from the beginning of the game.

He was, by far, the man of the match on both teams. Therewasnt even anybody else close to him.

The Revs will have to do without Reis on Saturday night athome against the New York Red Bulls, because once the game was complete, theofficials reviewed a scrum in the final minutes (extra time) of the game, andruled that Reis pushing of Houstons Adam Moffat was deserving of a straightred card.

Just moments after the Dynamo tied the game, Reis came tothe defense of teammate Pat Phelan, who was initially pushed into the corner byMoffat.

Immediately after the game and before a ruling was made Nicol didnt believe that the incident was worthy of any red cards.

I hope common sense prevails, said Nicol. Its one ofthose nonsense things that happen at the end of he game, but hopefully theofficials will use their common sense. Nobody deserves to get a red card.Thats just a lot of huffing and puffing.

About 10 minutes later, Reis was heard yelling in a sideroom, presumably while being told he would receive a straight red card, andmiss Saturdays match.

Reis did not speak to the media afterwards, but after hisperformance on Wednesday night, its certain that he will be dearly missed.

Cochrane was removed from the game in the 76th minute, andwas replaced by Phelan. Cochrane was taken out early because he was hit in thehead by Houstons Cam Weaver in the first half.

Cochrane had blurry vision and gave it a try in the secondhalf, but it was in everyones best interest to not allow him to finish.

He couldnt focus properly on the ball, so we had no choicebut to bring him off, said Nicol.

Cochrane will be further evaluated on Thursday.

I just had kind of like burred vision for most of thegame, said Cochrane. I was just trying to shake it at half time. I reallydidnt sit down at half time. I just kind of walked around and kept thatadrenaline moving and pumping. And then it was just kind of precautionary toget off the field. I just couldnt shake it really.

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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.