Revs shut out by Chivas USA


Revs shut out by Chivas USA

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CARSON, Calif. Alejandro Moreno scored one goal and assisted on two others as Chivas USA rolled to a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday night at The Home Depot Center.

Nick LaBrocca and Marcos Mondaini also scored for Chivas USA (2-2-3, 9 pts.), which extended its unbeaten streak to five games since suffering back-to-back losses to start the season. The loss cut the Revolutions (2-3-3, 9 pts.) momentum short after an emotional 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City last weekend.

The Revs have now dropped four straight games to Chivas USA dating back to 2009, all via shutout.

There were three changes to the Revolution lineup which defeated Sporting KC last weekend at Gillette Stadium. Third-year goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth started between the pipes as a left shoulder sprain forced Matt Reis to the bench, while Kenny Mansally took over for the injured Marko Perovic (L knee sprain) on the left wing. Zack Schilawski also returned to the starting lineup as Stephen McCarthy began the game on the bench for the first time this season.

The hosts scored with their first real chance in the 22nd minute to take a 1-0 lead. A throw-in down the right wing found Moreno, who laid a short pass into the corner for Ben Zemanski to corral. Zemanski dribbled past his defender to the end line before delivering a floated cross to the near post, where LaBrocca sent a glancing header inside the far post.

Chivas USA almost doubled its lead in the 35th minute when Zemanski was allowed to ghost into the box and get a free header on Mondainis cross, but Shuttleworth was alert and pushed the effort to safety.

The Goats eventually found their second goal ten minutes later to establish a 2-0 lead going into the halftime break. Moreno burst onto a through ball down the left wing and delivered a cross into the middle of the box, where Mondaini went airborne to convert an acrobatic side volley.

New England responded to the two-goal deficit by making one change at halftime, bringing on Sainey Nyassi in place of Mansally.

The two-goal deficit was soon stretched to three goals, however, as Moreno capitalized on a mistake at the back to hand Chivas USA a 3-0 lead in the 57th minute. Didier Domi couldnt control Shalrie Josephs short back pass and Moreno pounced on the loose ball to lash home from six yards out.

Joseph almost pulled one back for the Revs in the 62nd minute, but his flashing header from Zak Boggs corner kick bounced just wide of the left post.

Shuttleworth made a brilliant double save in the 71st minute to prevent Chivas USA from stretching its lead even further, first denying an audacious back heel from Moreno before expertly kicking away Jorge Flores wide open follow-up attempt.

The Revs will return to Gillette Stadium for their next two matches, beginning with a showdown against the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids on Saturday, May 7. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Jurgen Klinsmann fired as coach of United States soccer team


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.