Revs shock Galaxy 2-0

Revs shock Galaxy 2-0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Marko Perovic scored the game-winning goal with a stunning free kick in the 67th minute and the consistently dangerous Sainey Nyassi added an insurance tally seven minutes later, as the New England Revolution snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the league-leading LA Galaxy on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Perovics goal midway through the second half snapped a 347-minute scoring drought for the Revs (4-9-2, 14 pts.), who hadnt scored since their most recent victory, a 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls on May 29. Nyassis strike in the 74th minute then defied the statistics once again, as the Revs became the first team to score two goals against the resolute Galaxy (11-2-3, 36 pts.) this season.

With the win, the Revs pulled themselves off the bottom of the table in the Eastern Conference and immediately climbed the ladder into fifth place. Despite the loss, the Galaxy remains six points clear of Real Salt Lake at the head of the league standings.

The Revolution made just one change from the lineup which suffered a 5-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake last Friday night, as Darrius Barnes replaced Cory Gibbs in central defense. Gibbs was ruled out after suffering a left quad strain in training earlier this week, paving the way for Barnes to return to the lineup for the first time since early May after recovering from a right foot and ankle injury.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, was without two of its most influential players in U.S. National Team star Landon Donovan and standout defender Omar Gonzalez. Donovan remained in LA to rest following his participation in the FIFA World Cup, while Gonzalez was suspended for yellow-card accumulation.

Just as they did against Real Salt Lake last weekend, the Revs started the match on the front foot as they pushed to snap a scoreless streak spanning more than three matches. But unlike they did in that loss to RSL in which New Englands game-plan broke down after conceding midway through the first half the Revs stayed strong in midfield and controlled the tempo in the opening 45 minutes.

Despite New Englands superiority in terms of possession, the first half was largely devoid of quality scoring chances for either side. The Revs threatened in the 13th minute when Shalrie Josephs cutting through ball opened up the Galaxy backline, but indecision between eventual goal-scorers Nyassi and Perovic ended the chance. At the other end, Matt Reis who made five saves to record his first shutout of the season was called into action a few times by long-range shots from Edson Buddle and Tristan Bowen, but nothing which seriously troubled the Revolution goalkeeper.

With neither team creating any clear-cut chances in the first half, the most influential piece of action was an injury suffered by Revolution midfielder Jason Griffiths. The rookie who was making his second consecutive start after earning his first career start last week in Salt Lake City appeared to suffer a muscle strain in the 28th minute, and as a result he was replaced by Joseph Niouky.

While the first half was lacking in quality scoring chances, the game opened up shortly after the halftime break and the Revs almost took the lead in the 51st minute. Joseph was again the provider with a cleverly chipped pass over the Galaxy backline, but Perovic couldnt get around the ball and directed his shot just outside the left post and into the side netting.

Perovic didnt make the same mistake in the 67th minute, firing home from a set piece to give the Revs a deserved 1-0 lead. The original free kick was 30 yards from goal and Perovics effort was driven into the Galaxy wall, but the ball struck Leonardos hand and Perovic was given another chance 10 yards closer to goal. At the second attempt, Perovic drilled his shot low around the wall and inside the left post as Los Angeles goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts reacted late.

The Revs wasted little time doubling their lead in the 74th minute, as Nyassi grabbed the goal he deserved for his endeavor down the right wing. Joseph started the chance with a long-distance shot from 25 yards, and the effort deflected off Nyassi as he ran across the top of the box. Ricketts recovered well to push the ball off the left post, but Nyassi was left with the simple task of blasting the ball into the empty net from one yard out.

Second-half substitute Kheli Dube came inches from scoring a third for the Revs in the 81st minute with a fantastic turn and shot, but his effort flew just wide of the right post. In the end, it didnt matter as two goals were plenty enough to hand the Revs their fourth win of the season.

Just a few weeks after returning from the World Cup break, the Revs will now take another break from league play to participate in the group stage of SuperLiga 2010. Theyll open the tournament by welcoming Mexican Primera Divisin club Pumas UNAM to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, July 14 for an 8 p.m. kickoff.

New England Revolution (4-9-2, 14 pts.) vs. LA Galaxy (11-2-3, 36 pts.)&8232; July 10, 2010 Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

NOTES:
The Revolution win pulls New England to a 13-15-5 all-time record against the LA Galaxy, and is the Revs first win over LA in their last five meetings additionally, the Revolution improved to 9-5-2 at home against LA, including 6-1-2 at Gillette Stadium since the facility opened in 2002.

New England became only the second team in 2010 to beat the Galaxy, and salvaged a regular-season series split with LA.

Darrius Barnes saw his first game action in over two months- since he suffered a foot injury at Columbus on May 8 Barnes stepped in for the injured Cory Gibbs, who sat with a left quad strain.

Jason Griffiths left the game, his second career start, in the 28th minute with a leg injury he was replaced by Joseph Niouky.

The Revs held their opponent scoreless in the first half for the first time since a visit to Toronto FC (May 22), a span of four games.

The Revolution broke a 347-minute scoreless streak when Marko Perovic struck on a free kick.

The two goals conceded by the LA Galaxy marked the first time all season that the MLS points leader gave up more than one goal.

The Revolution picked up its first win over a Western Conference club in eight tries this season, improving its record to 1-5-2 the win is also the Revs first overall victory over a Western conference team dating back to last season, their first in 10 tries.

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.