Revs close disppointing season with 2-0 shutout loss

Revs close disppointing season with 2-0 shutout loss

HARRISON, N.J. Dane Richards and Joel Lindpere provided the offense as the New York Red Bulls clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution on Thursday night at Red Bull Arena.

Richards scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Red Bulls (15-9-6, 51 pts.) in the 17th minute, while Lindpere added an insurance strike in second-half stoppage time as the Revolution (9-16-5, 32 pts.) pushed for an equalizer.

While New York will now have home-field advantage on the road to MLS Cup, New Englands season comes to a close without a playoff berth for the first time in nine years.

The loss snapped the Revolutions 14-game (8-0-6) regular-season unbeaten streak against the Red Bulls, which dated back to 2005.

Cory Gibbs and Pat Phelan returned from suspension to boost the Revs, who were able to dress a full game-day roster of 18 players for just the 15th time in 30 regular-season games. Gibbs slotted back into the starting lineup replacing rookie defender Seth Sinovic while Phelan was available off the bench.

Marko Perovic displayed a propensity for shooting from distance throughout his first season with the Revs and that was no different on Thursday night. The Serb tried his luck from all of 40 yards in the ninth minute, forcing Bouna Coundoul into an awkward save as the ball skipped just in front of the Red Bulls goalkeeper.

Despite a bright start from the Revs, it was New York which took the lead in the 17th minute. Juan Pablo Angel expertly turned on a pass in midfield before springing Richards down the right wing, and the Jamaican took the space provided by bursting down the flank. At the top of the box, Richards unleashed a right-footed drive which sailed past Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth into the far upper corner.

Richards was at it again in the 30th minute, almost helping set up a second goal for the hosts. Another charge down the right finished with a square pass into the middle for Salou Ibrahim, who poked his effort just wide of the right post from the top of the box.

Largely pinned back for the remainder of the half, the Revs almost stole a goal in first-half stoppage time when Sainey Nyassi unleashed a tight-angle drive from the right wing. The Gambians knuckling effort was beaten away by Coundoul, however, and the Red Bulls maintained their 1-0 lead into the half.

After making three stops in the first half, Coundoul looked shaky three minutes after the break. The goalkeeper rose uncontested to easily claim Darrius Barnes long throw into the box, but he dropped the ball at his feet and only a late block prevented Ilija Stolica from taking advantage and driving the ball into the net.

The Revs continued to press in search of an equalizer and again came close in the 59th minute. Shalrie Josephs deft touch found Stolica in the right side of the box, but the Serbs driven pass across the face of goal skidded through the box without a decisive touch.

Desperate to find a goal, the Revs switched to an attack-minded 3-5-2 formation in the 80th minute when Phelan replaced defender Emmanuel Osei. Phelan partnered Jason Griffiths in central midfield, with Perovic playing slightly behind the forward pairing of Joseph and second-half substitute Zack Schilawski.

The move almost paid dividends just one minute later when Joseph teed up Perovic at the top of the box, but Perovic skied the effort with his weaker right foot.

As the Revolution committed numbers forward, the visitors were exposed as the Red Bulls grabbed a second goal two minutes into stoppage time. Rookie Tony Tchanis service sent Lindpere streaking down the left wing with time and space. After slowing his run into the left side of the box, Lindpere faked a shot before cutting back and calmly finishing with his right foot.

NOTES:
Tonight was the final game of the 2010 season for the Revolution the team closed the campaign with a 9-16-5 record
With the loss, the Revs slipped to 25-17-11 all-time against New York, including an 8-13-7 mark in away matches.
The loss snapped the Revolutions 14-match, regular-season undefeated streak against New York which dated back to the end of the 2005 season this was the Revs first loss to the club since New York changed its name to the Red Bulls prior to the 2006 season.
Tonights match was the teams 61st meeting in all competitions, marking the Revs greatest total of matches against any MLS opponent in all matches (MLS regular season, MLS playoffs, U.S. Open Cup, SuperLiga, etc.)
This is the sixth time the Revs and Red Bulls have closed the regular season against each other, but the first time since 2003 the previous seasons were 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Thursdays match marked just the 15th time (in 30 regular-season matches) that the Revs were able to dress a full complement of 18 players including tonights game, the Revs missed 184 man-games to injury.
With Pat Phelans substitution into the match in the 80th minute, the Revs moved to a 3-5-2 alignment Phelan partnered with Jason Griffiths in the defensive midfield, pushing Shalrie Joseph up as an attacking central midfielder the backline, left to right, was Chris Tierney, Cory Gibbs and Darrius Barnes.
With 32 goals on the campaign, New England established a new club low for goals in a season it was one lower than the teams 33-goal total in 2009, also in a 30-game schedule.
Kenny Mansally suffered 10 fouls in the match, which tied the clubs record for most fouls suffered in a match he tied Clint Dempseys total from April 2, 2005 at San Jose, when he also suffered 10 fouls
The Revs finished with single-digit wins for the first time since 2004 when the team recorded eight wins.

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.