Ben Olsen tabbed for D.C. United Hall of Tradition

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Ben Olsen tabbed for D.C. United Hall of Tradition

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Today, D.C. United announced that Ben Olsen has been voted into the D.C. United Hall of Tradition, presented by GEICO. The iconic midfielder earnedUniteds most prestigious honor by collecting 81 of the fan vote on dcunited.com. Olsen will be inducted in a ceremony on September 15 when United faces the New England Revolution at 7:30 PM.

I am honored that the D.C. United faithful have put me in the Hall of Tradition, said Olsen. The support Ive received from our fans during my time here has been overwhelming and I can only hope to repay them with success on the field with our current team. This organization has given me a great deal in my life and to be in its Hall of Tradition alongside players that have mentored me throughout my career is something I will always cherish.

D.C. United President and CEO Kevin Payne said, Its appropriate that Ben Olsen is joining his former teammates in the Hall of Tradition, and added that His service to our club has always been exemplary, and hes now writing a new chapter in our clubs history as our coach. He remains the heart and soul of our team.

A skilled and fiery midfielder, Olsen is one of the most popular players to ever don the Black-and-Red. Olsen joined D.C. United in 1998 as a highly regarded prospect out of the University of Virginia, and during his stellar 11-year playing career he boasted an unwavering commitment to the club. Olsen had a large role in winning two MLS Cup titles (1999 and 2004), three Supporters Shields (1999, 2006 and 2007), 1998 Champions Cup and InterAmerican Cup victories, and a U.S. Open Cup championship (2008). Individually, he was the 1998 MLS Rookie of the Year, was honored as an All-Star five times (1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006), was a member of the 2007 MLS Best XI, was the 2003 USSF MLS Humanitarian of the Year,and was the 1999 MLS Cup MVP. Olsen retired on November 24, 2009, ranking second in for the club in all-time MLS games played and started (221 and 200, respectively), second in minutes played (17, 098), third in assists (49), and seventh in goals (29).

In addition to currently coaching D.C. United, Ben Olsen will also be coaching the MLS All-Stars as they face off against Chelsea FC at 8:30 PM on July 25th.

It's official: U.S. Soccer hires Bruce Arena to replace Jurgen Klinsmann

It's official: U.S. Soccer hires Bruce Arena to replace Jurgen Klinsmann

NEW YORK – Bruce Arena is returning to coach the U.S. national soccer team, a decade after he was fired.

The winningest coach in American national team history, Arena took over Tuesday, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired. The 65-year-old Arena starts work Dec. 1.

With the U.S. 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. Soccer Federation wants to spark a turnaround when the playoffs resume March 24 with a home game against Honduras.

"His experience at the international level, understanding of the requirements needed to lead a team through World Cup qualifying, and proven ability to build a successful team were all aspects we felt were vital for the next coach," USSF President Sunil Gulati, who fired Arena in 2006, said in a statement. "I know Bruce will be fully committed to preparing the players for the next eight qualifying games and earning a berth to an eighth straight FIFA World Cup."

Arena first took over as national team coach after the 1998 World Cup and led the U.S. to a 71-30-29 record.

"I'm looking forward to working with a strong group of players that understand the challenge in front of them after the first two games," Arena said in a statement. "Working as a team, I'm confident that we'll take the right steps forward to qualify"

A wisecracking Brooklynite known for blunt talk and sarcasm, he coached the University of Virginia from 1978-95, then led D.C. United to titles in Major League Soccer's first two seasons before losing in the 1998 final. He guided the Americans to the team's best World Cup finish since 1930, a 1-0 loss to Germany in the 2002 quarterfinals.

He was let go after the team's first-round elimination by Ghana in 2006. 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, 2012 and 2014.

Arena was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Marquez's late goal lifts Mexico over US 2-1 in World Cup Qualifier

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Marquez's late goal lifts Mexico over US 2-1 in World Cup Qualifier

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rafa Marquez scored on a header in the 89th minute, and Mexico beat the United States 2-1 Friday night in the Americans' first home loss in World Cup qualifying since 2001.

Miguel Layun put Mexico ahead in the 20th minute, but Bobby Wood tied the score in the 49th.

The U.S. dominated the second half before the 37-year-old Marquez, unmarked and drifting across the penalty area, got the back of his head on Layun's corner kick and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Guzan lost the goalkeeper job to Tim Howard, who started at the last two World Cups. But Howard injured his right leg on a goal kick and was replaced in the 40th minute.

The U.S. had beaten Mexico four straight times by 2-0 scores in home qualifiers -- all at Columbus -- and the Americans had been 30-0-2 at home in qualifying since a 3-2 loss to Honduras at Washington's RFK Stadium in September 2001.