MLS shortens season by month, goes to all-knockout playoffs
Major League Soccer is shortening its season by a month, going to single-elimination playoffs and scheduling the 2019 MLS Cup final for Nov. 10 in its earliest finish since 2002.
The league announced the change Monday and will have an all-knockout postseason in place of a two-leg format for the conference semifinals and finals. MLS had started using a two-leg, total-goals format in 2003.
Jonathan Klinsmann added to US roster vs England, Italy
Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former American coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has been added to the U.S. roster for exhibition games against England and Italy and could make his national team debut.
Now 21, Klinsmann left Cal Berkeley to sign with Hertha Berlin before the 2017-18 season. He made his team debut last Dec. 7 in a Europa League match against Oestersunds. He was in goal Sunday for Hertha Berlin II in the German fourth tier.
Klinsmann played for the U.S. at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup.
Sarachan’s tenure as US interim coach nearing year mark
WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Cherie Sarachan wonders along with many U.S. soccer fans.
"Yeah, my wife asks me all the time what my future's going to be," American interim coach Dave Sarachan said ahead of Friday's exhibition against Brazil. "But I look at it day by day and just doing my job and enjoying the role."
Ream, Wood gets starts for US against Costa Rica
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Tim Ream was paired with Geoff Cameron in central defense, and Bobby Wood started at forward with Jozy Altidore for the United States' World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Friday night.
Tim Howard was in goal, with Graham Zusi at right back and Jorge Villafana at left back. Captain Michael Bradley was in defensive midfield, with teenage star Christian Pulisic on the right flank, Darlington Nagbe in the center and Fabian Johnson on the left.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This already has been a year of transition and triumph for Dax McCarty.
He was traded in January from the New York Red Bulls to Chicago, which won its only Major League Soccer championship in 1998, and has helped turn around the Fire's fortunes. And the 30-year-old midfielder returned to the U.S. national team for the first time in six years, brought back after Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as coach.
Arena rebuilds US confidence after Klinsmann
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Bruce Arena has managed the tricky task of establishing a sense of calm along with urgency within the U.S. soccer team. It's quite a contrast to the frustration and futility at the end of Jurgen Klinsmann's coaching reign last November.
Of course, climbing from last to third in the final round of World Cup qualifying has eased pressure immensely.
PANAMA CITY (AP) — With Panama about 90 seconds from reaching a playoff against New Zealand for a World Cup berth, Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson scored in second-half stoppage time four years ago to give the already qualified United States a 3-2 win and eliminate the hosts.
"You felt this place dip," Jozy Altidore recalled Monday. "You heard people crying."
Blunt and sarcastic, Arena relaxes US after Klinsmann
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Alejandro Bedoya missed a goal in training, and Bruce Arena wanted to make sure the midfielder knew he noticed.
"He threatened to chop my man bun off," Bedoya said, smiling. "That's the kind of grief I get around here."
Lletget, Brooks dropped from US roster; Arriola added
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — An already banged-up U.S. soccer team lost four more players heading into Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at Panama, including two starters from Friday night's 6-0 victory against Honduras.
Midfielder Sebastian Lletget, defenders John Brooks and Michael Orozco, and forward Jordan Morris were dropped by U.S. coach Bruce Arena, who added midfielder Paul Arriola on Saturday.
The U.S. already was without defender DeAndre Yedlin, midfielder Fabian Johnson and forward Bobby Wood.
Howard, Dempsey, Cameron return under Arena vs Honduras
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Bruce Arena made key changes in his first starting lineup since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann as U.S. national team coach, starting goalkeeper Tim Howard, defenders Geoff Cameron and Jorge Villafana and midfielder Clint Dempsey in Friday night's critical World Cup qualifier against Honduras.
Klinsmann’s son likely to start in goal for US under-20 team
Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former U.S. and Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann, likely will be the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. when qualifying for the Under-20 World Cup starts this weekend.
Klinsmann, who turns 20 in April, has played college soccer at California, appearing in eight matches in 2015 and 14 last year. Georgetown's JT Marcinkowski also is on the roster.
Jonathan Klinsmann, son of fired coach, on under-20 roster
CHICAGO (AP) — California goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of fired U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann, is among 20 players on the American roster for CONCACAF's Under-20 Championship.
Eleven players are from Major League Soccer teams, with the rest from clubs in England, Spain and Mexico, and from college.
Benny Feilhaber among US vets getting 2nd chance under Arena
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Only a year ago, Benny Feilhaber thought he had no chance to get back in the good graces of Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. national team.
So the frustrated Sporting Kansas City midfielder let them have it, sharply criticizing Klinsmann's player selection in an unusual moment of bridge-burning candor for a frustrated veteran athlete.
Klinsmann believes US Soccer made progress before his firing
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann is proud of his half-decade in charge of the U.S. national team, and the coach believes he left successor Bruce Arena in a position to make the Americans even better.
Klinsmann believes US Soccer made progress before his firing
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann is proud of his half-decade in charge of the U.S. national team, and he believes he left successor Bruce Arena in a position to make the Americans even better.
Stoke’s Geoff Cameron in LA area to have knee examined
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Injured Stoke defender Geoff Cameron is in the Los Angeles area to be examined by the U.S. Soccer Federation's medical staff.
The 31-year-old has not played since Oct. 22, when he got hurt while playing for Stoke in an English Premier League match at Hull. The injury was described then as a hyperextended knee.
Frei, Manneh, hoping for citizenship, on US training roster
CHICAGO (AP) — Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei and Vancouver midfielder Kekuta Manneh, both in the process of completing U.S. citizenship requirements, are among 32 players who will report to the first U.S. training camp since Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as coach.
US World Cup qualifiers moved up slightly
CHICAGO (AP) — The United States' World Cup qualifiers in June have been moved up slightly because of Mexico's participation in the Confederations Cup.
The U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday that the Americans' home game against Trinidad and Tobago will be played June 8, a day earlier than first scheduled. The Americans' match at Mexico will be played June 11, two days ahead of the original date.
Arena: US ‘fighting for our lives’ in World Cup qualifying
NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Arena opened a binder to a page with 48 names, his depth chart for the U.S. soccer team.
Back in charge for the first time in a decade, he views the Americans' state as urgent following losses in the first two games of the final round of World Cup qualifying and already has plans.
"We're fighting for our lives starting March 24. We're behind the eight ball," he said. "We've got to close the gap, and we get six points in the next two games, the gap is closed."
Column: New coach, but US soccer still running in place
Jurgen Klinsmann's hiring five years ago was supposed to make America a great soccer nation.
Bruce Arena returns as US coach, replacing Jurgen Klinsmann
NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Arena was a decade removed from the U.S. national team when he received a telephone call from U.S. Soccer Federation Secretary General Dan Flynn on Sunday asking him to meet with USSF President Sunil Gulati the following day.
By midday Tuesday, the winningest coach in the team's history regained the job he had not wanted to give up.
Klinsmann fired as US soccer coach; Arena could return
NEW YORK (AP) — In a sign of just how much American soccer has grown up, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in the final round World Cup qualifying.
Six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2, Klinsmann was terminated after nearly 5 1/2 years during a meeting Monday at a Los Angeles hotel with U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati and Secretary General Dan Flynn.
Klinsmann impatient with prospects lacking playing time
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann has grown impatient with the whining American prospects who fail to earn playing time on their clubs.
After loss to Mexico, US heads to Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The United States is in danger of becoming the fourth team to start 0-2 in the final round of CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying since the hexagonal format was adopted ahead of the 1998 tournament.
The Americans traveled to Central America on Sunday, two days after a 2-1 loss to Mexico in Columbus, Ohio — the Americans' first home loss in qualifying since 2001. They are 0-8-1 in qualifiers at Costa Rica — losing their last eight in a row.
Tim Howard pulls muscle in right leg playing for US
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard pulled a muscle in his right leg during Friday night's 2-1 loss to Mexico in a World Cup qualifier and was replaced by Brad Guzan late in the first half.
Mexico wins 1st World Cup qualifier in US since 1972
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pro-American crowd of 24,650 chanted "Dos a cero!" at the start.
Mexican supporters yelled "Dos a uno!" as they left.
Rafa Marquez scored a tiebreaking goal on a header in the 89th minute, giving Mexico a 2-1 victory Friday night and its first victory at the United States in World Cup qualifying since 1972.
Brooks, Besler, Gonzalez start for US against Mexico
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central defenders John Brooks, Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez all were in the starting lineup for the United States' World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Friday night.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann appeared to switch to a 3-5-2 formation that included Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson on the wings of a midfield with Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic. Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood were up front.
Green scores again, US settles for 1-1 draw vs New Zealand
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a second exciting performance, U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann says 21-year-old winger Julian Green is "back in the picture."
Green scored his second goal in two matches, before Monty Patterson's equalizer forced the U.S. to settle for a 1-1 draw in an exhibition against New Zealand on Tuesday night.
Lynden Gooch also impressed Klinsmann in his U.S. debut as a second-half substitute.
Green makes second straight start for US soccer team
WASHINGTON (AP) — Julian Green made his second consecutive start for the U.S. National Team in Tuesday's exhibition against New Zealand after impressing in a 2-0 victory at Cuba last Friday.
Green, a 21-year-old German-American winger who has been on the fringes of the 18-man roster at European power Bayern Munich, scored the Americans' second goal in Havana while pairing with forward Chris Wondolowski.
Klinsmann insists he was not jockeying for Bradley’s job
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann rejects Bob Bradley's claims the former German star angled in 2010 to succeed him as U.S. coach.
Bradley was fired soon after a 4-2 loss to Mexico in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final and replaced by Klinsmann, a former German national team star player and coach. Bradley made the claim Friday when he was introduced as Swansea, the first American head coach in England's Premier League.
US soccer team awaits tuneups against Cuba, New Zealand
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (AP) — For U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, it's all about one thing: Mexico.
His team is training at Barry University, with two tuneup games coming up. The first is against Cuba in Havana on Friday, the first game for the U.S. on the island since 1947. The next is against New Zealand on Tuesday in Washington.
"The bigger picture behind these 10 days is clear — it's preparing for Mexico on Nov. 11," Klinsmann said.
Altidore scores twice, US advances with 4-0 win over T&T
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jozy Altidore made U.S. history. So did Christian Pulisic.
Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half, Sacha Kljestan and Paul Arriola had goals and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 on Tuesday night to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
17-year-old Pulisic makes 1st start for United States
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Christian Pulisic has become the youngest player to start a World Cup qualifier for the United States.
Pulisic, whose previous seven appearances were as a substitute, was in the lineup on the left side of a 4-4-2 formation against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night. At 17 years, 353 days, he bettered Landon Donovan's mark of 18 years, 184 days, against Honduras in 2001.
Talented teenager Pulisic likely to remain US super sub
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Christian Pulisic's phone has been more active than usual the past few days.
Among texts, calls and social media, Pulisic got his share of congratulatory messages after scoring two goals and assisting on another in the United States' 6-0 victory at St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a World Cup qualifier last week.
Zardes to miss US World Cup qualifiers after MLS injury
CHICAGO (AP) — Midfielder Gyasi Zardes will miss the United States' upcoming World Cup qualifiers after he was injured during a Major League Soccer game.
Already without forward Clint Dempsey as he undergoes evaluations for an irregular heartbeat, the Americans won't have Zardes for their final two games of the CONCACAF semifinals.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is mostly sticking with the squad that finished fourth in the Centennial Copa America this summer.
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