D.C. United acquires Mike Chabala from the Portland Timbers

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D.C. United acquires Mike Chabala from the Portland Timbers

Today D.C. United announced that the club has acquired defender Mike Chabala from the Portland Timbers in exchange for a natural first round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft. The 28-year old will arrive in DC later this afternoon and practice with the team for the first time tomorrow.

Were excited to add Mike to our roster today, said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. Mike is an experienced MLS defender who will immediately upgrade our depth at the left back position.

In his current season with the Timbers, Chabala has made 9 appearances (6 starts) and helped the Timbers to a 3-4-2 record when in the lineup. His best season to date came in 2010 when he played in 25 total League matches (22 starts) and secured a goal and four assists. For his career, the defender has played in 70 MLS matches (55 starts), logged 5,154 minutes on the field and tallied two goals and nine assists. Prior to his move to Portland last season, Chabala spent more than 5 seasons in Houston. While in Houston, Chabala was a teammate of current United players Dwayne De Rosario and Danny Cruz.

Full player transaction information:
Name: Mike Chabala
Height: 6'0
Weight: 175 lbs.
Position: Defender
Birthdate: May 25, 1984
Age: 28
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Birthplace: Fresno, CA
Previous Club: Portland Timbers
Acquired: Acquired from the Portland Timbers in exchange for a natural first round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft on 8912.

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.