Revs drop heartbreaker at home

Revs drop heartbreaker at home

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Second-half substitutes Jack McInerney and Justin Mapp scored late goals and the Philadelphia Union grabbed a dramatic 2-1 win over the shorthanded New England Revolution on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Serbian forward Ilija Stolica scored his second goal of the season in the 31st minute to give the Revs (6-12-3, 21 pts.) a halftime lead, but the hosts also entered the break a man down following the 40th-minute ejection of defender Cory Gibbs. The Revolution limited the Union (5-11-5, 20 pts.) to just one shot on target in the first 80 minutes, but McInerney tied the score in the 82nd minute before Mapp won it with an 18-yard drive in the second minute of stoppage time. Philadelphia finished the game with just three shots on target.

The loss was the Revolutions first at Gillette Stadium since a 1-0 setback to the Chicago Fire on June 27, but it was the clubs third defeat on the bounce after dropping a pair of road games in Chicago and Kansas City last week. Philadelphia, meanwhile, snapped a six-game (0-3-3) winless streak with the victory, just the Unions second of the season away from home.

After experimenting with a 3-5-2 formation in last weekends 4-1 loss to the Wizards, head coach Steve Nicol opted for a return to the customary 4-4-2 setup against the Union. Defender Kevin Alston was unavailable because of a lingering left hamstring strain, opening the door for rookie Seth Sinovic to make his first start since July 10. Darrius Barnes and Gibbs anchored the four-man backline in the middle, flanked by Sinovic on the left and Emmanuel Osei on the right.

Backstopping the Revolution defense was second-year goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, who made just his second career league start in place of the injured Matt Reis (lower back pain).

The Revs looked to attack down the wings from the opening whistle and found success through Sainey Nyassi and Chris Tierney, but it was Marko Perovic who broke free down the right side to set up the games first quality chance in the 24th minute. Perovic was played through by Tierney and took the space provided down the right wing before curling in a cross for Stolica, but the service was a bit high.

Stolica did get the chance to put his name on the scoresheet seven minutes later, however, capitalizing on a failed clearance inside the box to open the scoring in the 31st minute. The play began when Perovics corner kick found Joseph at the back post, but the Revolution captain couldnt control and Danny Califf had the chance to clear. The clearance attempt struck Joseph and fell to Stolica, who used his first touch to sweep home a left-footed shot from close range.

Nyassi had two chances to extend the Revolutions lead in the 36th minute, but his first effort rocketed off the left post from 25 yards and his second attempt a header from a Tierney cross flew just over the bar.

The home side was firmly in control for the majority of the first half but the game took a turn in the 40th minute when Gibbs was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Eduardo Coudet, reducing the Revs to 10 men.

Nicol responded to the numerical disadvantage by replacing Stolica with Khano Smith shortly after halftime. The Revs moved to a 4-4-1 formation with Tierney at right back, Smith on the left wing and Perovic playing as a lone forward.

Shuttleworth was finally forced into his first save of the night in the 64th minute, pushing away Le Touxs tight-angle drive. Two minutes later, Mapp set up Andrew Jacobson for a free shot from 12 yards, but the Union midfielder skied his effort over the bar.

Despite playing with 10 men, the Revs largely limited Philadelphias chances until the equalizing goal arrived in the 82nd minute. Mapp engineered the play with a clever chip over the top of the Revs backline, right into the path of McInerney as he cut across the box. The rookie made no mistake with his first-time effort, driving a shot inside the near post to register his second career goal.

It looked as if the teams would share the points as they entered stoppage time level at 1-1, but Mapp scored his first goal since joining the Union in July to claim maximum points for the visitors. Le Touxs initial effort was denied by Tierney, but the Frenchman recovered and laid a short pass back into the path of Mapp, who guided a shot inside the right post with one of the last kicks of the game.

The Revs will have a chance to lift the SuperLiga trophy for the second time in three years when they host Mexicos Monarcas Morelia in the SuperLiga 2010 final on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Gillette Stadium. Theyll return to league action the following weekend on Saturday, Sept. 4, against Seattle Sounders FC.

NOTES:
The Revolution lost its first-ever game to Philadelphia Union, dropping its record to 0-1-1 after two matches in what was Unions first trip to Gillette Stadium.

Matt Reis sat out Saturday nights match with lower back pain Reis missed his first game due to injury since he made his season debut on June 27 after offseason shoulder and knee surgeries.

Bobby Shuttleworth stepped in between the pipes for the injured Reis, making his third career MLS appearance and his second start Shuttleworth made his first start on June 5 in Seattle.

With the loss, Bobby Shuttleworths record dropped to 1-2-0

Seth Sinovic made his first start since July 10 at home against LA Sinovic got the nod in place of Kevin Alston, who sat out with a left hamstring strain.

Kheli Dube was available for his first league action since July 10 against LA due to a right MCL sprain, although he did not make it into the game.

Ilija Stolica scored his second goal in a Revolution uniform his first since the 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Aug. 14.

Shalrie Joseph assisted on Ilija Stlolicas goal his fourth of 2010 and first since the double he recorded against New York on May 29.

The Revs have now found the back of the net in six straight MLS matches, their longest such streak since an eight game stretch last year, from July 19 to Sept 5.

Cory Gibbs was shown a straight red card in the 41st minute and New England played a man down for the rest of the match by rule, Gibbs is suspended for the clubs next match at home against Seattle on Sept. 4.

The red card was the fourth time this year a Revolution player was ejected from a match Kheli Dube and Joseph Niouky each received one on May 1 against Dallas, and Marko Perovi? was show a straight red on May 5 against Chivas USA.

The Revolution shifted into a 4-4-1 following Gibbs ejection Chris Tierney dropped into right back, Emmanuel Osei shifted into the middle of the back line and Marko Perovi? moved to left midfield.

Khano Smith came on for Ilija Stolica in the 54th minute Smith played left midfield, while Marko Perovi? shifted up to the lone forward spot.

New England lost its second game this year when conceding the game-winning goal in second-half stoppage time the other loss came on May 8 at Columbus when the Crew scored the go-ahead goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time.

The Revs lost their first game of the season when leading at the 75th minute the club is now 4-1-0 when leading at the 75-minute mark.

The Revolutions record dropped to 5-3-1 when scoring first the club also lost at Columbus (May 8) and at Chicago (Aug. 18) after taking a 1-0 lead.

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.