Salihi, De Rosario lead United past Rapids

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Salihi, De Rosario lead United past Rapids

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dwayne De Rosario scored in the first half, and Hamdi Salihi added his first goal at RFK Stadium in the second to help D.C. United beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Wednesday night.

United (6-4-3) is undefeated in six home games after opening the season with a 1-0 loss to Kansas City.

Matt Pickens made eight saves for the Rapids (5-6-0). They went 1-2 on a three-game trip.

The Rapids, shut out for the third time this season, are 1-8-5 in Washington since 2000.

Salihi, signed as a designated player from Austrian club Rapid Vienna this winter, scored twice in United's recent three-game trip.

After twice forcing saves from Pickens on close-range headers, Salihi got his first home goal in the 60th minute, sweeping in the rebound of Branko Boskovic's header.

De Rosario put United ahead in the 25th minute when he reached Lewis Neal's diagonal ball after Neal turned a midfield giveaway into a counterattack.

It was Neal's first assist of the season, in just his second start.

Two minutes later, Pickens made two impressive saves to keep Colorado in it, pushing over De Rosario's deflected shot before thwarting Robbie Russel's header off Boskovic's corner. Pickens also denied Salihi's goal-bound effort, also from Boskovic's corner kick, 2 minutes into the second half.

Bill Hamid needed just two saves to preserve United's fourth shutout of the season. United will play twice more at home during the next 10 days, then won't return until a June 30 game against Montreal.

The Rapids will play five of their next six games at home.

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.